Max Holloway pulled from UFC 223

Max Holloway pulled from UFC 223

Up until last weekend, Khabib Nurmagomedov had been training to face Tony Ferguson in the main event at UFC 223. As for Paul Felder, who was Iaquinta's original opponent on Saturday, he was deemed ineligible by the commission because he isn't now ranked as a top 15 fighter by the UFC. With Iaquinta weighing in earlier in the day at 155.2-pounds, initially, he was not going to eligible to win the lightweight title being 0.2-pounds over the 155-pound title fight limit. In addition to the UFC baulking at the idea of paying a fighter more to save their PPV main event, the New York State Athletic Commission reportedly deemed Pettis unable to compete in a five-round affair. UFC President Dana White made the news official to media members. "That is a new one". Holloway and Nurmagomedov were fighting for the lightweight title left vacant by McGregor's almost 18-month absence. "At this point, I'm pretty much cool with anything".

UFC has a main event for its NY return. Sound off in the comment section! He is confident that Nurmagomedov would not be upset if in the end he will fight with Pettis, this fight may be simple.

Many expected Felder and Pettis to get matched up as a result, but are both off the card, as they're teammates.

Iaquinta has also offered his services for the main event vs. the unbeaten Nurmagomedov.

But according to MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn, Felder will not be allowed to fight Nurmagomedov in a title bout because he's "not ranked".

The UFC previously announced it had dropped three other fighters from the pay-per-view event: Chiesa and Ray Borg, for injuries they suffered at the hands of Conor McGregor, and Artem Lobov, for his role in the melee that caused the injures. She choked back tears at the Garden when White slapped the championship belt over her shoulder and fans drowned her out with cheers as she tried to put into words what the victory meant. Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will fight in a rematch for the strawweight title. Just a few hours later, it's unknown who will take on Nurmagomedov. I'm like a tree.