Max Holloway pulled from main event of UFC 223

Conor Mc Gregor Khabib Nurmagomedov

"Ragin" Al Iaquinta (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is on five-fight win streak leading into his fight with Khabib, with his most recent win coming against Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 108 on April 22, 2017.

After a frenzied afternoon of negotiations, the UFC announced that 30-year-old Iaquinta would step up to face Nurmagomedov in his home town of NY in the UFC223 main event on Saturday.

However, at this time its looking increasingly unlikely that either fight will happen, with Felder already revealing that he's out of the picture, stating, "I tried to get it". The fight would be for the lightweight title, but only for Khabib to win as he made championship weight.

"Dana White just announced that Al Iaquinta, if he wins, will be considered UFC champion". Paul Felder then stepped up to challenged Nurmagomedov, but the NYSAC wouldn't allow it because he is not among UFC's 10 ranked lightweight fighters.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, pictured during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City, was still unsure of his UFC 223 opponent 30 hours before the start of the event.

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With Holloway out, UFC officials immediately turned to the other lightweights on the card as potential replacements because as intriguing as the strawweight championship rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jędrzejczyk is, it doesn't exactly make for a pay-per-view hit.

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

Holloway was deemed medically unfit to compete and was pulled from the UFC 223 main event.

"The title is on the line", White said during a press conference assembled for the new UFC 223 headliners. Al Iaquinta showed 155.2.

The victory not only ended Jedrzejczyk's undefeated run, but she failed to tie Ronda Rousey for the UFC women's record of six straight successful title defenses. Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar headlines 'Mania.

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