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Max Holloway Declared Medically Unfit to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223

Max Holloway Declared Medically Unfit to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223

Al Iaquinta vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title fight will serve as the main event while a rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk for women's strawweight title will serve as the co-main event.

Nurmagomedov's original opponent, the interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, had to pull out from the fight less than a week ago, due to a knee injury.

The list of candidates read as follows - Anthony Pettis, Al Iaquinta, Paul Felder and Evan Dunham.

At the Friday weigh-ins, it emerged that he was deemed "unfit" by the New York State Athletic Commission, and was also bumped from the main event on its eve.

His most recent fight last December saw him defend his featherweight title against Jose Aldo, who he had previously beaten in June to claim the belt outright.

It does mean, however, that a shock Iaquinta win would mean Ferguson [interim champion] and McGregor [reigning champion] could yet retain their belts. UFC President Dana White made the news official to media members.

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The event will run from April 10 through 30, and pit you and three friends up against omnics running rampant through London. So far, it's unclear if the event will be exactly the same as the previous year.

"Showtime" was considered the early front-runner for the Nurmagomedov fight as he has the highest profile and once held the UFC lightweight title.

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.

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

Again, however, the UFC's attempts to salvage the main event hit an abrupt roadblock by the NYSAC. Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher has been promoted to the UFC 223 main card You can see the updated card below. White said all fighters bumped off the card will be paid.

Holloway stepped in to save the UFC's upcoming pay-per-view and made a decision to take this fight in the 155 lbs category on just six days notice. Al Iaquinta showed 155.2. Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar headlines 'Mania. "My leafs might change color, but my roots are the same".

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