10 reasons to watch UFC 223, where the show goes on despite the most insane fight week

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong in the days leading up to UFC 223. But as we know, the UFC will do anything to avoid canceling an event.

The headliner between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta is the third headlining bout the card has had this week. Nurmagomedov lost his original opponent, Tony Ferguson, to a freak injury last week. He then lost his replacement opponent, featherweight champion Max Holloway, on weigh-in day. Nurmagomedov’s third and final opponent is Iaquinta, who was initially booked to face Paul Felder.

If Nurmagomedov wins, he will be crowned UFC lightweight champion. 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.

Felder joins Michael Chiesa, Anthony Pettis, Ray Borg, Brandon Moreno, Alex Caceres, and Artem Lobov as fighters who had their UFC 223 bouts scratched at the last minute. Of that group, Felder was the only one not affected

Article source: http://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/10-reasons-to-watch-ufc-223-conor-mcgregor-insane-fight-week

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