BREAKING NEWS: Max Holloway declared medically unfit, pulled from UFC 223 main event



ESPN: BREAKING NEWS - NEW YORK — The UFC has lost its main event for UFC 223 on Saturday at Barclays Center. Again.

Featherweight champion Max Holloway has been declared medically unfit to fight and been pulled from the card. Holloway was scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC’s lightweight championship.

Holloway (19-3) accepted the bout on six days’ notice and couldn’t safely make the 155-pound limit. Nurmagomedov was originally supposed to face Tony Ferguson, who was forced off the card last weekend due to a knee injury.

Nurmagomedov (25-0) successfully made championship weight on Friday. The UFC has not yet announced a new main event.

The pay-per-view event, which was widely considered to be one of the best lineups of the year, has taken multiple hits in recent days.

Lightweight Michael Chiesa and flyweight Ray Borg were forced to withdraw from their respective bouts, due to injuries sustained during an attack on their bus by UFC star Conor McGregor. McGregor remained in police custody as of Friday morning.

Featherweight Artem Lobov, who is a teammate and close friend of McGregor, was also pulled from the card due to his involvement in the McGregor incident.

The UFC 223 event still has a strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunasand Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Both fighters successfully made weight on Friday.