UFC 223: Al Iaquinta Reportedly Moved Into Headliner With Khabib Nurmagomedov
By FCF Staff
In the wake of Max Holloway being ruled medically unfit to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov tomorrow at UFC 223, it’s being reported that Al Iaquinta has been moved into the main event.
Iaquinta was scheduled to fight Paul Felder during tomorrow’s card. When Holloway was removed from the event, the UFC reportedly looked at having Felder fight Nurmagmedov. The New York Commission, however, reportedly wouldn’t agree to the new bout, since Felder isn’t ranked in the promotion’s top 15 lightweight ranks.
According to a new report from MMA Junkie, the #11 ranked Iaquinta has agreed to fight Nurmagomedov in the new main event. Since he weighed in at 155.2, however, Iaquinta cannot win the lightweight title, which will be on the line. The bout will remain a five round fight.
UFC 223 will be hosted by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.