The UFC 223 fight card was a moving target, to put it well.
What was formerly a highly anticipated card featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fighting for the lightweight title was dismantled by injuries, bad weight cuts and an inexplicable assault from Conor McGregor, who will lose a name on the card before stepping in the Octagon.
Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting recapped each of the volatility surrounding fight week:
So Tony-Khabib, however Tony’s hurt Khabib-Max, but Max can not cut some more weight so Khabib-Pettis, but nah so Khabib-Felder, but Felder ai not ranked and apparently that things, therefore Khabib-Iaquinta, however Iaquinta can not win the belt because he wore shorts to weigh-ins.
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Those were just the changes to the main event. McGregor’s antics price the card three fights, as Artem Lobov-Alex Caceres, Michael Chiesa-Anthony Pettis and Ray Borg-Brandon Moreno were all scratched as a outcome.
What’s left is an interesting card with just nine conflicts, but it is still worth checking out.
If anything, the co-main event between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas for your women’s strawweight name is the highlight. The rematch is a powerful contender for Fight of the evening.
Here’s a look at the whole card:
Main Card (Pay-per-view in 10 p.m. ET)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-500) vs. Al Iaquinta (+350)
Rose Namajunas (-110) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-120)
Renato Moicano (-105) vs. Calvin Kattar (-125)
Zabit Magomedsharipov (-700) vs. Kyle Bochniak (+450)
Joe Lauzon (-175) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (+145)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 in 8 p.m. ET)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-210) vs. Felice Herrig (+170)
Bec Rawlings (+160) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (-200)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-110) vs. Evan Dunham (-120)
Devin Clark (-115) vs. Mike Rodriguez (-115)
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