Max Holloway pulls out of lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov just hours after Conor McGregor causes chaos

MAX HOLLOWAY has failed to make weight for his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov on the main event of UFC 223.

It has added further upheaval to the promotion following criminal charges against star Conor McGregor after he gatecrashed a promo event yesterday.

 Max Holloway has failed to make the weight for his lightweight title fight and is out of UFC 223

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Max Holloway has failed to make the weight for his lightweight title fight and is out of UFC 223

Holloway had agreed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday on just six days' notice after original challenger Tony Ferguson injured a knee.

But Holloway was unable to reach the weight limit for the bout Friday in New York and was ruled out by the UFC medical team.

There was no immediate word if a replacement fighter would face Nurmagomedv from the UFC, although Anthony Pettis is being touted as a late replacement.

Holloway apologized on Twitter to Nurmagomedov, saying he wants "to keep going but they are stopping me. Sorry to your team and the fans."

 Max Holloway had stepped in at short notice to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for Conor McGregor's old lightweight title

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Max Holloway had stepped in at short notice to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for Conor McGregor's old lightweight title
 Conor McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief after chaos reigned at yesterday's UFC 223 media day

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Conor McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief after chaos reigned at yesterday's UFC 223 media day

Holloway was already the 145-pound champion and was trying to become a two-division champ by beating the undefeated Nurmagomedov in the 155-pound title fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The pair were fighting for the lightweight title left vacant by McGregor's nearly 18-month absence.

The original card had shaped up as the best of the year and UFC President Dana White said it was trending toward the best pay-per-view buy rate since McGregor's last fight at UFC 205.

But the backstage melee McGregor allegedly instigated instead has forced the removal of three fights because of injuries from the attack.

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Artem Lobov, a close friend of McGregor's, was pulled from the card for his involvement.

Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were hurt in the mayhem and forced off the card.

McGregor faces three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Video footage appears to show the promotion's most bankable star throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters Thursday after a news conference at Barclays.

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MAX HOLLOWAY has failed to make weight for his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov on the main event of UFC 223.