HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway will not compete this Saturday night after he was unable to make the 155-pound weight limit this morning during UFC 223's weigh ins.
Update: Max Holloway releases statement on Twitter regarding weight cut:
ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the news on Twitter during the early weigh ins that Holloway was medically unfit to fight.
The 145-pound champion stepped up on six days notice to replace Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 223 this Saturday night against Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the weight cut to 155 pounds was an uphill battle for the out of camp Holloway.
Nurmagomedov weighed in at 154.5 pounds this morning while Holloway was unable to shed off the extra pounds needed to compete for the lightweight title.
While Holloway's exact weight at the start of fight week was unknown, his nutritionist George Lockhart has said that Holloway's weight cut was tied for the biggest weight cut for a fighter he's ever done.
The news comes after UFC already announced it removed three fights yesterday after Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg suffered injuries during Conor McGregor's incident at UFC 223 media day Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Artem Lobov was also pulled from his fight against Alex Caceres for his role in McGregor's outburst.