UFC 223 Poster Released
While this weekend saw a blow delivered to UFC 222 in the loss of UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway due to injury, it also saw the attention drawn to April’s UFC 223 — and the confusing lightweight championship situation — evermore increase.
Originally reported by MMA Fighting, last month UFC President Dana White stated that the winner of the UFC 223 main event — interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson vs. No. 1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov — would be the real, undisputed lightweight champion. While many in the MMA media and community felt meant the death blow to the reign of Conor McGregor, following no title defenses in 14 months, White did not strip McGregor, causing complete confusion and frustration all around.
The UFC 223 poster either helps to further the case for many in the MMA community or adds to the confusion. On the poster, the Ferguson-Nurmagomedov bout is billed as being for the world, not interim, lightweight title.
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Former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez presented an interesting theory to the situation on a recent edition of The MMA Hour, claiming that McGregor has not been stripped as an insurance policy in case the fight falls through. If it does not, he thinks McGregor would be stripped at the weigh-ins for the event.
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been matched up before, but a fight has never actually occurred. Most recently and notably, the two were scheduled to face off in an interim title bout last March at UFC 209. But Nurmagomedov fell ill following a bad weight cut and was forced to withdraw on days’ notice.
UFC 223 takes place on April 7 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The co-main event will see Rose Namajunas defend her UFC Women’s Strawweight Title in a rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Original report: MMAFighting.com