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Al Iaquinta Set For New UFC 223 Main Event Opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov

Al Iaquinta Set For New UFC 223 Main Event Opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov”

This short notice announcement comes after two withdrawals from the main event against Khabib.

First he was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson.

They will now do battle on Saturday in the UFC 223 main event.

During McGregor's attack on the bus on Thursday, US mixed martial arts fighter Michael Chiesa, who was scheduled for a bout against his fellow American fighter Anthony Pettis, sustained cuts on his face and doctors ordered him to skip the tournament.

Still, after having saved the UFC 223 card, he is certainly on UFC President Dana White's good side, and will not doubt make a strong argument to be next in line for a shot at the Lightweight Championship if he wins.

Iaquinta, now sitting 11th in the UFC rankings, weighed in at 155.2 lbs - 0.2 pounds over the championship limit.

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This situation would be similar to Holloway vs Pettis at UFC 206 and Romero vs Rockhold at UFC 221.

Believe it or not, Nurmagomedov has been involved with nine different fights that have been cancelled for one reason or another during his UFC career beginning with a January 2014 bout versus Gilbert Melendez that the UFC cancelled for undisclosed reasons. Only Khabib in this instance can win the title if he wins.

UFC 223 takes place on Saturday at in Brooklyn.

The pay-per-view event, which was widely considered to be one of the best lineups of the year, has taken multiple hits in recent days.

Nurmagomedov (25-0) is 9-0 under the UFC banner and undefeated in his entire MMA career. He earned a decisive victory over Edson Barboza and won "Performance of the Night" honors. Next up was Paul Felder, but he was not approved, so Iaquinta got the fight.



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