Dana White: Al Iaquinta will be ‘champ’ if he beats Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223

Al Iaquinta will have the opportunity of a lifetime tomorrow night (Sat., April. 7, 2018) at UFC 223 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, when he takes on undefeated Russian contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event.

Iaquinta, who was originally slated to fight Paul Felder on the opening bout of the main card, is filling the spot that Tony Ferguson, Max Holloway, Anthony Pettis, and “Irish Dragon” couldn’t.

Luckily, Iaquinta was able to wiggle his way into the UFC 223 headliner, allowing Nurmagomedov to stay on the depleted PPV card and giving his fellow New York natives something to cheer about during a week full of turmoil. And while Iaquinta is technically not in line to win the lightweight title should he defeat Nurmagomedov after weighing in .2 pounds over the 155-pound limit, UFC president Dana White reassured fight fans that “Ragin’ Al” will still be considered champion if he pulls off the impossible.

“If you look at where Al was ranked, and his last five fights, he made the most sense,” White said during UFC’s 25th anniversary press conference earlier tonight in Brooklyn (full replay here). “The problem with Al was he was 155.2 (pounds). That was with his underwear on. The commission literally weighed his underwear, and they

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