The UFC 223 fight card has been a moving target, to put it nicely.
What was once a highly expected card featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fighting for the lightweight title was dismantled by accidents, bad weight reductions and an inexplicable assault from Conor McGregor, who will lose a name on the card without even stepping in the Octagon.
Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting recapped all the volatility surrounding fight week:
So Tony-Khabib, but Tony’s hurt so Khabib-Max, but Max can not cut some more weight so Khabib-Pettis, but nah so Khabib-Felder, but Felder ain’t rated and apparently that matters, therefore Khabib-Iaquinta, but Iaquinta can’t win the belt since he wore shorts to weigh-ins.
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These were just the adjustments to the main event. McGregor’s antics price 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 only nine conflicts, 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 complete 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 at 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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