The UFC 223 fight card has been a moving target, to put it well.
What was formerly a highly anticipated card comprising Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fighting for its lightweight title has been dismantled by injuries, bad weight reductions and an inexplicable assault from Conor McGregor, who’ll eliminate a title on the card before stepping into the Octagon.
Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting recapped each of the volatility enclosing fight week:
So Tony-Khabib, but Tony’s hurt Khabib-Max, but Max can’t cut some more weight so Khabib-Pettis, but nah so Khabib-Felder, but Felder ai not rated and seemingly that things, so Khabib-Iaquinta, but Iaquinta can not win the belt since he wore shorts to weigh-ins.
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These were just the changes to the main event. McGregor’s antics cost the card 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 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 powerful competitor 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 pm 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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