No shortage of short-notice replacement title fights in the UFC

The last time Max Holloway was booked for short-notice, he did make it the cage -- and beat Jose Aldo for the second time to defend his featherweight title. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

And we thought six days was short notice.

When Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson morphed into Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway last Sunday, it seemed to test the limits of last-minute change to a fight card. Then came Friday, when Holloway was declared medically unfit to fight the next night ... and in stepped Al Iaquinta. On one days' notice.

It turns out that these changes to UFC 223 were not an unprecedented turn of events. Between training injuries, drug test failures and various other misfortunes, UFC fights fall off the schedule all the time. And when it's a championship bout slated to headline a major event, the promotion scrambles to pick up the remaining pieces. Dana White & Co. have even booked title fights on one days' notice before.

Here are this decade's previous replacement title fights booked on short notice (not including those for interim belts, which sometimes appear out of nowhere and carry less gravity):

Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones

Event: UFC 128

Date: March 19, 2011

At stake: Rua's light heavyweight title

Original challenger: Rashad Evans

New fight's advance notice: 42 days

Result: Jones by TKO (Round 3, 2:37)

Notable: A star was born, and a superhero, too. Hours before Jones was to enter the Octagon in Newark, he was out looking for a meditation spot in a nearby New Jersey town when he witnessed a robbery. Jones chased down the crook and held him for police. Then he went to the Prudential Center and demolished "Shogun" Rua to become, at age 23, the youngest champion in UFC history.

Renan Barão vs. Urijah Faber

Event: UFC 169

Date: Feb. 1, 2014

At stake: Barão's bantamweight title

Original matchup: Barão, who at the time was interim champion, was to challenge for Dominick Cruz's bantamweight belt

New fight's advance notice: 25 days

Result: Barão by TKO (Round 1, 3:42)

Notable: Barão went from interim champ to champ without throwing a punch, as he was promptly promoted after the oft-injured Cruz dropped out of their scheduled fight at this event with a torn groin.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto

Event: UFC 177

Date: Aug. 30, 2014

At stake: Dillashaw's bantamweight title

Original challenger: Renan Barão

New fight's advance notice: 1 day

Result: Dillashaw by KO (Round 5, 2:20)

Notable: Soto, who was scheduled to compete in one of the event's prelim bouts, was bumped up to the main event after Barão was hospitalized on the morning of weigh-ins. You might say Soto was the Al Iaquinta of his time.

Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping II

Event: UFC 199

Date: June 4, 2016

At stake: Rockhold's middleweight title

Original challenger: Chris Weidman

New fight's advance notice: 17 days

Result: Bisping by KO (Round 1, 3:36)

Notable: This was a rematch of a November 2014 bout in which Rockhold was dominant and made it look easy, finishing with a one-handed guillotine submission.

Cris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger

Event: UFC 214

Date: July 29, 2017

At stake: Vacant women's featherweight title

Original matchup: Cyborg vs. Megan Anderson

New fight's advance notice: 32 days

Result: Cyborg by TKO (Round 3, 1:56)

Notable: With the victory, Cyborg captured a belt that had been stripped from Germaine de Randamie, who had refused to defend against Cyborg. The Dutchwoman's manager cited the Brazilian's drug-test failures.

Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo II

Event: UFC 218

Date: Dec. 2, 2017

At stake: Holloway's featherweight title

Original challenger: Frankie Edgar

New fight's advance notice: 24 days

Result: Holloway by TKO (Round 3, 4:51)

Notable: After Edgar pulled out of the bout with an injury, the UFC turned to Aldo, who had reigned at 145 pounds in the UFC/WEC for six years before being dethroned by Conor McGregor in 2015. Aldo became interim champ in 2016 but had that belt taken away by Holloway in June 2017. Then this shot at redemption fell into his lap, but it was not to be.