The UFC 223 fight card has been a moving target, to put it nicely.
What was once a highly anticipated card featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fighting for the lightweight title was dismantled by accidents, bad weight reductions and an inexplicable attack from Conor McGregor, who’ll eliminate a name on the card before stepping into the Octagon.
Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting recapped all the volatility enclosing fight week:
So Tony-Khabib, however Tony’s hurt so Khabib-Max, but Max can’t cut any more weight so Khabib-Pettis, but nah so Khabib-Felder, but Felder ain’t ranked and seemingly that matters, therefore Khabib-Iaquinta, but Iaquinta can not win the belt since he wore shorts to weigh-ins.
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These were just the adjustments to the major event. McGregor’s antics price the card three fights, as Artem Lobov-Alex Caceres, Michael Chiesa-Anthony Pettis and Ray Borg-Brandon Moreno were scratched as a outcome.
What’s left is an intriguing card with just nine fights, but it’s still worth checking out.
If anything, the co-main occasion between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas for your women’s strawweight title is the highlight. The rematch is a strong contender for Fight of the Night.
Here’s a look at the whole card:
Main Card (Pay-per-view at 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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