Khabib Nurmagomedov's participation at UFC 223 has at last been finalized, after Al Iaquinta agreed to fight the undefeated Russian, replacing Max Holloway in the main event fight in NY on Saturday. 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.
Max Holloway was ruled out of his scheduled showdown with Nurmagomedov by the New York State Athletic Commission on Friday morning, ESPN first reported.
But, eventually, the UFC settled on the 11th-ranked Al Iaquinta, who was supposed to fight Felder.
Originally, Iaquinta was to take on Paul Felder to open the main card on pay-per-view.
World's well-known mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, 29, attacked a bus filled with fighters as it was leaving after a press conference on Thursday night from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Anthony Pettis, a former champion, could have stepped in for a title shot. The most likely outcome would seem to be Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk's co-main event rematch serving as the card's new main event. Holloway, the featherweight champion, accepted this fight last Sunday after interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson withdrew with a knee injury. Then, Conor McGregor goes on a rampage and shatters glass injuring two UFC 223 fighters and forcing them off the card.
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Ferguson injured, Holloway unable to safely make weight, McGregor in a Brookyn courthouse, Chiesa cut up. McGregor was released from police custody on $50,000 bond Friday after a brief arraignment.
"I've got some new muscles", she said.
Artem Lobov, a McGregor friend and ally who was part of the incident, also was pulled from the card by UFC.
A day before UFC 223 hits Barclays Center on Saturday night (April 7), one of the headliners has been pulled again.
The main event has been changed multiple times, though that isn't even the result of McGregor's handiwork.