The UFC returns for his or her newest pay-per-view providing as UFC 223 takes place Saturday from the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The primary occasion options No. 2 ranked light-weight Khabib Nurmagomedov battling No. eleven ranked Al Iaquinta for the undisputed light-weight championship.
Within the co-fundamental occasion, in a rematch for the ladies’s strawweight championship, Rose Namajunas defends towards former titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Nurmagomedov (25-zero) had been scheduled to face Tony Ferguson within the headliner, however sadly, for the fourth time, it acquired postponed as a consequence of Ferguson struggling torn LCL over the weekend. On the lookout for an appropriate alternative, the UFC referred to as the one hundred forty five-pound champion Holloway.
On Friday morning, Holloway received pulled by the New York State Athletic Fee as they have been involved about his weight minimize and declared that he was medically unfit to compete. Sporting Information has discovered that Holloway weighed 159 kilos and was on monitor to make one hundred fifty five.
Then the UFC tried to make Nurmagomedov towards former light-weight champion Anthony Pettis, who had been scheduled to face Michael Chiesa. However, Chiesa acquired injured within the incident involving Conor McGregor. Pettis got here in at one hundred fifty five.2 as nicely and no purpose was given on why Pettis did not re-weigh.
The UFC tried to make Nurmagomediv towards Paul Felder, who had been scheduled to face Iaquinta. Felder did not get it as a result of reportedly by the NYSAC as a result of he isn’t ranked within the UFC light-weight division.
Iaquinta (thirteen-three) is available in on a tear, profitable eight of his final fights and has gained 5 in a row. It has been a shaky time for “Ragin” as a result of he is been at odds with the corporate over his contract and has fought solely two occasions within the final three years on account of that and accidents.
Namajunas (7-three) and Jedrzejczyk (14-1) fought at UFC 217 again in November. Jedrzejczyk was the prohibitive favourite however Namajunas shocked the world and snapped the lengthy-reigning champion’s undefeated streak with a primary-spherical TKO.
UFC 223 ought to be an thrilling night time of fights. Will we see historical past?
Comply with us all day lengthy with our protection of UFC 223 as we inch nearer to the opening bout happening at eight p.m. ET and all through struggle night time resulting in Nurmagomedov and Iaquinta.
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eleven:00: Hey, struggle followers, I am Steven Muehlhausen of Sporting Information. In a number of hours, UFC 223 will begin from the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn that includes Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Al Iaquinta for the undisputed light-weight championship and the co-important for the ladies’s strawweight title as Rose Namajunas defends towards Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Keep locked into SN all day lengthy for news on UFC 223 as we strategy bell time of eight:00 p.m.
UFC 223 battle card
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta for the UFC Light-weight title
- Rose Namajunas (c) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk for Namajunas’ UFC Ladies’s Strawweight title
- Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar; Featherweight
- Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak; Featherweight
- Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher; Light-weight
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig; Ladies’s Strawweight
- Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier; Light-weight
- Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith; Ladies’s Flyweight
- Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez; Mild Heavyweight
UFC 223 newest news
– Al Iaquinta tells SN he is aware of his worth heading into the most important battle of his life.
– Max Holloway out, Al Iaquinta in towards Khabib Nurmagoemdov in UFC 223 most important occasion.
– Our MMA specialists talk about whether or not Iaquinta can shock the world?
– What’s at stake going into UFC 223?
– Do not know an excessive amount of about UFC 223? We offer you all the knowledge right here.
– Rose Namajunas tells SN why she’s targeted on being true to herself.
– Joanna Jedrzejczyk explains to SN on why she is going to get her title again.
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