Diaz who has his own list of demands to return to the Octagon, took to Twitter on Sunday to lambaste the UFC matchmakers for setting up Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 7th in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, White explained the short notice was not enough for McGregor to make the weight.
White told ESPN that Ferguson will now lose his interim championship title, and the victor of the Nurmagomedov-Holloway fight will become the organization's lightweight champion.
The UFC salvaged the show by replacing Ferguson with featherweight champion Max Holloway, and declaring that the victor would be the outright lightweight champion.
UFC president Dana White found an impressive replacement in featherweight champion Max Holloway, who's riding a 12-fight winning streak, but gave no consideration to asking Conor McGregor to step in. Then, Nurmagomedov's botched weight cut forced him out of UFC 209's co-main for the interim strap. The co-main event will be a strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
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'He's the type of guy that steps up for opportunities like this. "And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter".
"I think that Conor could return in September and it could be against one of these guys", White said. Or whether it's still going to be for the interim title.
White said after the event that he was embarrassed and promised to one day make it up to the fans of Calgary.
The 26-year-old can also become the youngest fighter in history to earn titles in multiple divisions. We now have an incredible main event between the UFC's featherweight champion Max Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov, but we will always wonder what could have been. "The victor of this fight will be the champion".
But if the shoe was on the other foot, Nurmagomedov would not have accepted a fight against Holloway on six days notice.