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Dana White: Tony Ferguson-Khabib Nurmagomedov is a go for Brooklyn's UFC 223

Tony Ferguson-Khabib Nurmagomedov

On a Boston sports radio show Wednesday morning, Dana White said that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is a go for UFC 223 in Brooklyn, NY, on April 7th.

On the Toucher & Rich show, White was asked about lightweight champion Conor McGregor's plans, but didn't have any update other than that he couldn't "hold the division hostage" if he wasn't going to fight. 

White didn't clarify whether the fight would be for the interim title or if it would be for the title that would need to be stripped from McGregor first.

The two were scheduled to fight three times with injuries and bad weight cuts canceling the fight every time, most recently at UFC 209 in March.

White put over Nurmagomedov quite a bit, saying that a fight between he and McGregor would be big in the U.S. and in Russia, they couldn't find a stadium big enough to hold it. 

He also said he isn't interested in a Floyd Mayweather-McGregor boxing rematch but would love to do it in the Octagon. However, he doesn't believe the amount of money it would take to make the fight, especially given he's not an MMA fighter, would be worth it to Mayweather.

White discussed his plans for the next few days in Boston, his relationship with the local sports team owners, and addressed some of Stipe Miocic's comments about how he feels the UFC wants him to lose.