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Chaotic McGregor casts shadow over UFC 223

07 April, 2018, 14:41 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov overcame Al Iaquinta over five rounds to become the undisputed UFC lightweight champion

Ironically, Iaquinta was the only fighter at media day Thursday to not have a sign with his name on it provided by the UFC. He appeared in court in NY on Friday charged with assault and criminal mischief. After that, there was talk of a fight against former Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, but according to Khabib, Pettis wanted a million dollars for the fight. Iaquinta weighed in at 155.2 pounds, so he cannot officially win the title since he was over championship weight, though UFC President Dana White indicated that could change.

Yet it didn't stop there, as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, the man tabbed to replace Ferguson, was ruled out of the UFC 223 main event when NY doctors deemed him unfit to continue cutting weight for the fight.

By the time Russia's Nurmagomedov and Iaquinta face off across the Octagon in Brooklyn, 511 days will have passed since McGregor won the title from Eddie Alvarez across the bridge at the Madison Square Garden in Manhattan in November 2016.

"It's a very unique situation that we're in". After a wild Friday morning saw three different potential fighters step up to face off with lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov for the main event in Brooklyn, New York, UFC announced that Al Iaquinta will be his opponent.

The dominant Russian wrestler showcased his immense power and skill in the grappling exchanges early
The dominant Russian wrestler showcased his immense power and skill in the grappling exchanges early

Then original headliner Max Holloway was pulled from the lightweight title showdown against Nurmagomedov after the athletic commission ruled that it would be unsafe for him to make weight for the bout.

However, anyone expecting to grab any of the limelight from McGregor is mistaken.

Emboldened by his money from the Mayweather fight, he has become a law unto himself, but his latest misstep has seriously tested the patience of White, who has excused plenty of bad behaviour in the past.

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