Saturday, April 07, 2018,
Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 223 Preview
Things are getting worse for UFC 223. Max Holloway was NOT medically cleared for his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim lightweight heavyweight championship.
Holloway was stepping into the fight with six days notice after the original challenger Tony Ferguson had to pull out due to a knee injury. It appears that cutting weight for the fight took its toll.
The co-main event of Namajunas vs Jedrzejczyk is now the sole main event.
Strawweight 5 rounds: Rose Namajunas -105 vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk -115
Joining the main event is Women’s Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas battling #1 ranked Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk has a fantastic 14 and 1 record. Namajunas’ record is 8 and 3. While Jedrzejczyk wins have come mainly by decision, Namajunas prefers to submit her opponents. If Jedrzejczyk wishes to win, she must keep the fight off the mat.
Featherweight 3 rounds: Renato Moicano +110 vs Calvin Kattar-130
Another battle on UFC 223’s Main Card has #11 Renato Moicano, 11-1-1, entering the Octagon to face-off against #14 Calvin Kattar, 18-2. Kattar lands 6.27 significant strikes per minute. Moicano lands 5.26 significant strikes per minute. Per UFC stats, no fighter has ever taken down Kattar. If Moicano can do so, he’ll go a long way in beating the U.S. fighter.
Lightweight 3 rounds: Mike Chiesa -140 vs Anthony Pettis +120
#9 Michael Chiesa battles #13 Anthony Pettis. Chiesa is 14 and 3. Pettis is 20 and 7. Chiesa has never knocked out, or even TKO’ed, an opponent. 71% of Chiesa’s wins have come via submission. The other 29% have arrived via decision. 50% of Pettis’ wins have come via KO or TKO.
Lightweight 3 rounds: Paul Felder +105 vs Al Iaquinta -125
Another interesting matchup on the UFC 223 main card has #13 Al Iaquinta battling unranked Paul Felder. Iaquinta has a 13-3-1 record. 54% of his wins are from KO or TKO’s. Iaquinta’s an excellent wrestler. He doesn’t often submit his opponents, though. 67% of unranked Paul Felder’s victories have been by KO or TKO. Felder prefers to keep the fight off the ground while pressuring his opponents with leg kicks. Felder versus Iaquinta should be one of the most entertaining fights on UFC 223’s Main Card.
Strawweight 3 rounds: Felice Herrig +150 vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz -170
Another great women’s bout on the UFC 223 Main Card has #4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz, 11-2, taking on #8 Felice Herrig, 14-6. Kowalkiewicz lands 5.17 significant strikes per minute. She far outpaces Herrig in significant strikes. But, Herrig has a decent ground game. Which style wins out when two of the most popular women fighters at UFC throw down in the Octagon?
Kowalkiewicz versus Herrig will be entertaining. We shouldn’t kid ourselves, though. Two of the best at UFC, Holloway and Nurmagomedov, headline UFC 223 for a reason. The winner knocks the other one down the rankings. Will Holloway or Nurmagomedov take home the victory at UFC 223? Make sure to tune in to UFC 223 to find out!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in action last night (Sat., April 7, 2018) as UFC 223 took place inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In the main event of the evening, Khabib Nurmagomedov smothered an dominated Al Iaquinta in a five-round title fight to become the promotion’s undisputed Lightweight champion. In the co-main event, Rose Namajunas retained her women’s Strawweight strap by defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the second time in six months.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Al Laquinta
Khabib was the heavy favorite going into his 155-pound title fight against Al Iaquinta, especially since “Ragin’” took the fight on just one days notice. What I find interesting, is that people tend to overlook the fact that Khabib accepted the short-notice fight,as well. Granted, Khabib didn’t care, but he still had to adjust his gameplan, twice, since last week. Now that he’s the official 155-pound king, Khabib has many new challenges moving forward to prove his championship status, especially one against former division champion Conor McGregor, who recently went on a rampage in an attempt to get at Nurmagomedov, in essence ruing UFC 223.
Rose Namajunas vs Joana Jedrzejczyk
No excuses allowed this time around. Rose Namajunas handled her business against the same former champion she knocked out in the very first round at UFC 217 last November, edging out Joanna after five rounds of action. Indeed, many argue the decision could’ve gone the other way around, but Rose did enough to earn the nod in most everyone’s eyes.
Renato Moicano vs Calvin Kattar
Renato Moicano started throwing inside leg kicks early in his UFC 223 main card featherweight matchup with Calvin Kattar on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
And while they don’t have an immediate affect on the fight, they add up over the course of the fight. Moicano got stronger as the fight went on and cruised to a unanimous decision victory. The judges’ scores at Barclays Center were a pair of 30-27s and a 29-28.
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak
Zabit Magomedsharipov appears to be everything he’s been hyped up to be.
The 27-year-old featherweight from Dagestan has been marked for future stardom due to his wide array of skills. And he showed off nearly all the tools in his kit on Saturday night to fend off an extremly plucky Kyle Bochniak.
In a match that’s the frontrunner for Fight of the Night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Magomedsharipov won via unanimous decision, taking a pair of 30-27s and a 29-28 from the judges.
Joe Lauzon vs Chris Gruetzemacher
Joe Lauzon’s spirit is still there, but the results just aren’t there anymore.
The lightweight has long been one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters, to which his 15 career post-fight bonuses, tied for the company record with Nate Diaz attest.
But on Saturday night, Lauzon took a beating from Chris Gruetzemacher at UFC 223, sending him to his third consecutive loss and fourth in his past five fights. With Lauzon bloodied and with both eyes swelling shut, his corner called things off at the end of round two for a TKO at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.