By now you’ve heard that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson tripped over his own two feet and shredded his knee, leaving him medically unfit to compete against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed 155-pound strap.
So then you must also know that Max Holloway, who we all thought was injured and out of action until this summer, is stepping up on super short notice for the UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, staged this Saturday night (April 7, 2018) in Brooklyn, New York.
Where he’ll enter the cage as the +365 underdog.
“Max Holloway is a warrior for stepping up, and I will never count the guy out,” Nick Kalikas of MMA Oddsbreaker said. “That being said, Holloway’s finishing ability comes from wearing down his opponent, and to me, this is a stylistically bad matchup.”
Nurmagomedov stands as the -505 favorite.
There’s no question Holloway (19-3) is qualified to face off against “The Eagle” after capturing 12-straight wins, but “Blessed” is coming off a serious leg injury and was not in fight camp, so it’s unlikely the Hawaiian will be prepared to go five rounds at the heavier weight.
Against a 25-0 wrestler who’s been training for months.
UFC 223 will also feature the strawweight championship showdown between Rose Namajunas (champion) and the even more-arrogant Joanna Jedrzejczyk (challenger), while Michael Chiesa and Anthony Pettis collide in lightweight action.
See the rest of the UFC 223 fight card and line up here.