Espinoza Takes Shots at UFC 223

Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza has come out to criticize UFC President Dana White over the UFC’s decision to have Al Iaquinta fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Title in the UFC 223 main event.

As reported by Bloody Elbow, Iaquinta was chosen to be Nurmagomedov’s opponent after UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway was pulled from the fight due to difficulty making weight on short notice. After a deal failed to be reached with Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder was denied a title shot by the New York State Athletic Commission, Iaquinta was announced as the other headliner.

Iaquinta, who was originally booked for a non-title fight, weighed in at 155.2 pounds before he was booked for the title fight. Because of this, only Khabib Nurmagomedov can technically win the title. However, UFC President Dana White says the promotion will acknowledge Iaquinta as champion if he can pull off the upset.

“Per the New York State Athletic Commission, this is not a title fight for him,” White said. “It’s an actual regulation that a guy who doesn’t make exactly on weight cannot be the champion. So we’ll see. Obviously, if he wins this fight, we’ll figure that out.”

Following White’s comments, Espinoza made his thoughts known via Twitter.

Espinoza and the UFC are not exactly on the best of terms — he and White got into a war of words based on the pay-per-view numbers for Mayweather-McGregor. White has since claimed he hated working with Showtime.

Original Story: Bloody Elbow

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