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UFC 223: Khabib vs. Iaquinta Results

07 April 2018, 02:39 | Nina Mathis

Khabib waiting on new opponent after Holloway declared medically unfit

Khabib Nurmagomedov Max Holloway

Because he failed to make the 155-pound weight limit, he originally was not going to be eligible to win the lightweight title belt if he won.

McGregor appeared in court in NY on Friday charged with assault and criminal mischief. So began a twisting, turning chain of events involving three top lightweights that ultimately resulted in an impromptu title fight between Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta, a fight where Dana White says 'Ragin' Al' can win the title but the commission says he can't.

On Saturday, April 7, the UFC will host UFC 223: Khabib vs. Iaquinta from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Typically, Iaquinta would have an additional two hours to cut the rest of the weight, but by the time he found out he was in the running to take on Nurmagomedov, that time had passed. And now thanks to his underwear weight, he'll be fighting for a UFC title. "We're dealing with this fight", White said. He appeared in court in NY on Friday charged with assault and criminal mischief. "It's never happened in almost 20 years of doing this so we'll see". Nurmagomedov lost his original opponent, Tony Ferguson, to a freak injury last week.

Holloway stepped up with six days' notice but could not shed the pounds, opening the door for the 30-year-old Iaquinta to save the main event.

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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.

Gold is also on the line in the co-main event as women's strawweight champion Rose Namajunas takes on the woman she knocked out to earn the belt, Poland's Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

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However, with the promotion quickly tiring of his antics, the once hugely-popular Irishman may find that while he might well be able to win back the belt in the future, winning back the fans may prove a lot more hard.

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