Given the short-notice circumstances under which Max Holloway took Saturday’s UFC 223 headliner, it’s understandable if there wasn’t time to arrange more secluded treadmill options.
Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) stepped in on six days’ notice when Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) pulled out with an injury and will meet Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) for the lightweight title in the UFC 223 main event. If he’s successful – and for the record, he’s a big underdog – Holloway will be just the second fighter to hold two titles simultaneously in UFC history.
The first? Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who held – yup – the lightweight and featherweight belts at the same time. After he won the lightweight title, McGregor had the featherweight belt stripped without defending it. And he still hasn’t defended his 155-pound strap. But if Holloway was the new lightweight champ, it will mean McGregor will be stripped of that belt, too … and likely set up a fight for Holloway’s lightweight title later this year. The last fighter Holloway lost to? McGregor, natch.
That all presupposes Holloway upsets Nurmagomedov, though – who never has lost. Ever.
And on Monday, the two were getting about their business of dropping weight for Friday’s weigh-ins – and were doing it separated by just one other treadmill. Check out the video above from Instagram to see the unique circumstance that went down in New York after Holloway arrived.
UFC 223 will take place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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