Reports are emerging that Max Holloway has been declared medically unfit for a lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Brooklyn card has endured an unprecedentedly bumpy build-up, losing Tony Ferguson last week, and last night’s debacle involving Conor McGregor has sent shockwaves through the entire sport of MMA.
According to reports, Max Holloway has now been ruled out of the fight with the Russian.
BREAKING: Max Holloway has been declared medically unfit to fight. Holloway is out of UFC 223. Per Dana White.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 6, 2018
It appears that the UFC are attempting to claw together the PPV, as Anthony Pettis is being called upon to step in for Holloway.
Anthony Pettis has now been called upon to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov. He has yet to weigh in. He has an hour to do so. He was left opponentless after Chiesa got cut yesterday. UFC confirms. @MMAjunkie first reported.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 6, 2018
Holloway has since broken his silence, apologising to his opponent.
. @TeamKhabib my brother I want to keep going but they are stopping me. Sorry to your team and the fans. You don’t deserve this. This is number one. Shout outs to you and @Showtimepettis . Give the fans what they deserve
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) April 6, 2018
A truly bizarre week has taken another twist.