The best UFC fights that never were, including Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson

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Throughout the history of combat sports there have been must-see, can’t-miss fights that were on the precipice of happening, but for one reason or another never came to fruition. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the volume of close calls and last-minute cancellations greatly over the past two years, along with the injuries and failures to make deals that have long been an unfortunate part of boxing and MMA alike.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm was scheduled to fight this weekend in a featherweight matchup against Norma Dumont at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, Holm suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw.

Holm, 39, is one of, if not the most accomplished athlete in female combat sports, and history will remember her career for much, much more than one incredible night against Ronda Rousey back in 2015. But at the same time, that performance against a previously unbeatable foe will always serve as one of Holm’s top career highlights.

As we approach the six-year anniversary of Holm’s upset over Rousey on Nov. 14, we wonder, “What if?” What if Holm and Rousey had fought a second time?

That’s what the UFC wanted. The UFC wanted Holm to wait for Rousey to fight again, and to run that back immediately. Holm elected not to wait and lost her belt to Miesha Tate in her first attempted defense. Rousey eventually did return in 2016, lost to Amanda Nunes, then retired, and a potential…



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