Tony Ferguson has explained the reasons behind his withdrawal from next week’s UFC lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ferguson pulled out on Sunday night after failing to recover sufficiently from an injury he picked up several days ago, with the UFC drafting in Max Holloway as a late replacement to ensure that a fight for the vacant(ish) strap will still go ahead as planned.
Taking to Twitter late on Sunday night, Ferguson explained why he was forced to pull out from the fight, and took the opportunity to apologise to Khabib, his fans, the UFC, and generally all concerned for having to sit it out.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) April 2, 2018
It’s currently unknown when the reigning UFC interim lightweight champion will be able to come back and fight for the title, but next weekend will see the bizarre spectacle of Holloway and Khabib fighting for a strap, the last owner of which (Conor McGregor) has been stripped and the interim champ still hasn’t fought with the real title on the line.
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Tony heal up man. Just want to advise you, don’t talk too much anymore. Lot of thoughts in my head right now, but I don’t want to become like you. Hope, this lesson will teach you watch your mouth. ❗️ На счёт этой ситуации я просто хочу сказать Тони: больше не болтай, в голове конечно много мыслей, на тебя похожим не буду, надеюсь этот урок научит тебя следить за языком. #ready #ufc223 #Alhamdulillah #победатолькоотВсевышнего