During a radio appearance this week, UFC president Dana White confirmed a huge fight for UFC 223 in April later this year, and it could have big implications on a certain division in the promotion.
Reports earlier this week stated that UFC could be about to shake up their Lightweight division this weekend at UFC 220 at the TD Garden in Boston. It's not good news for current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and his fans.
The report stated that Notorious would be stripped of his Lightweight title this weekend due to inactivity in the division and that this, in turn, will allow interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight for it on April 7 in New York at UFC 223.
Speaking on Wednesday on the "Toucher and Rich" radio show, White confirmed that El Cucuy and The Eagle have been booked for another fight at UFC 223 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in roughly two-and-a-half months time.
This will be the fourth time which Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been booked for a fight after previous fights were booked for 2015, 2016, and 2017. Each has withdrawn from the fight due to injury (2015 - Khabib injured, 2016 - Tony injured), while the Russian failed to make a weight cut in 2017.
White wasn't pressed to reveal if McGregor would be stripped of the UFC Lightweight title this weekend at UFC 220 and if the Ferguson-Nurmagomedov fight would be for the vacated championship or Ferguson's interim championship.
The UFC president, however, did comment on Notorious' inactivity in the Lightweight division, as he said, according to The Score: "I said after the (Floyd) Mayweather fight whether this kid fights again after this type of a payday ... He just can't hold the division hostage for almost two years."
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov are currently ranked as number one and number two in the lightweight division respectively, so it makes sense for this fight to happen if McGregor is not going to be fighting anytime soon.
The Irishman could attempt to throw a spanner in the works by announcing his intentions to defend the Lightweight title, but it sounds like White has already made his mind up and is moving forward with the Lightweight division without McGregor.
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