UFC 223 loses its main event

Joanna Jedrzejczyk a UFC fighter participates UFC 223

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was named his replacement on six days' notice, pitting him against Nurmagomedov for the 155-pound title in the main event. He weighed in at 155.2 pounds, which would disqualify him from competing for the 155-pound belt, though he could end up facing Nurmagomedov without the title on the line.

That means Holloway's fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC's lightweight championship is off the card.

Nevertheless, according to Ariel Helwani via Twitter UFC President Dana White announced that "Al Iaquinta, if he wins, will be considered UFC champion. That is a new one".

Paul Felder was also entertained as an option because he was the only main card fighter to come in on championship weight. "At this point, I'm pretty much cool with anything".

UFC 223 goes down on April 7, 2018, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Sound off in the comment section!

Nurmagomedov won his previous fight, against Edson Barboza, via unanimous decision on December 30.

Many expected Felder and Pettis to get matched up as a result, but are both off the card, as they're teammates. The UFC were unwilling to match Pettis' pay demands however, while Felder was reportedly adjudged by the NYSAC to be an inadequate replacement due to his placement on the UFC's antiquated rankings. White said all fighters bumped off the card will be paid.

Pettis had been scheduled to face Michael Chiesa, the fighter who sustained lacerations to his face in Conor McGregor's bus attack a day earlier, but after Chiesa was ruled out of the contest, Pettis still had to weigh in so that he would be paid by the UFC. If Iaquinta wins, he won't become the champion as he didn't weigh-in this morning at 155, instead coming in at 155.2.

Namajunas (17-3) used a devastating left that dropped Jedrzejczyk (14-1) in their first fight and the Colorado-based champ finished her with a series of lefts in a decisive first-round victory. Just a few hours later, it's unknown who will take on Nurmagomedov. "My leafs might change color, but my roots are the same".

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