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Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Bakke » Apr 6. 2018, 17:06

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The lightweight title still will be up for grabs in the UFC 223 main event – but only for one fighter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) will stay in the headliner in New York and will fight Al Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who will move up from the main-card opening fight against Paul Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) for the fight. A person close to the fight revealed the news to MMAjunkie today, and a UFC official subsequently confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.

But because Iaquinta weighed in for his fight with Felder at 155.2 pounds, he will be ineligible to win the title since that number is two-tenths of a pound over the title-fight limit. The scrambling that went on after original headliner Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) was pulled during the two-hour weigh-in window meant Iaquinta already had made weight for his fight with Felder, and hence had no reason to be given extra time to cut the small extra amount of weight since he wasn’t booked for a title fight till now.

Holloway was deemed medically unfit to get on the scale this morning in Brooklyn by the New York State Athletic Commission and UFC medical staff. The UFC first looked to Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who was without an opponent after Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) was pulled in the wake of the Conor McGregor bus incident late Thursday. Then the UFC turned to Felder when the Pettis fight wasn’t coming together. But Felder was not approved for a title fight by the NYSAC because he isn’t ranked high enough.

So Iaquinta now will step in to keep Nurmagomedov on the card, even though he won’t be able to win the lightweight title if he wins. As now is well-documented, current lightweight champion McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will be stripped of the title once a new champion is crowned – but an Iaquinta win would mean there actually isn’t a new champion, and that’s a scenario that hasn’t been discussed.

Stripping McGregor was a plan put in place long before the Irishman went on his alleged tirade in Brooklyn – which resulted in three criminal assault charges and one of criminal mischief.

Since Felder is without an opponent with Iaquinta’s move up, and Pettis is without an opponent thanks to Chiesa’s removal, a Pettis-Felder fight was in the works. But that apparently will not happen, which leaves UFC 223 with nine fights. It started the week with 13 – and had 13 heading into Thursday before McGregor’s alleged incident directly or indirectly led to the scrapping of three fights.

http://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/al-iaquinta-meets-khabib-nurmagomedov-at-ufc-223-but-only-nurmagomedov-can-win-title
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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Robert223 » Apr 6. 2018, 17:12

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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby hippielove » Apr 6. 2018, 17:17

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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Robert223 » Apr 6. 2018, 17:31

155.2 huh? Wonder how much his shorts weigh...
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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Bakke » Apr 6. 2018, 17:36

He definitely could have made 155 on the dot, but he just didnt know about the fight at that time. This is just a strange scenario. I Still dont get why they didnt make Felder vs Pettis..
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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Robert223 » Apr 6. 2018, 17:41

Bakke wrote:He definitely could have made 155 on the dot, but he just didnt know about the fight at that time. This is just a strange scenario. I Still dont get why they didnt make Felder vs Pettis..

They could still weigh the shorts and subtract the weight.
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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Bakke » Apr 6. 2018, 17:47

Robert223 wrote:
Bakke wrote:He definitely could have made 155 on the dot, but he just didnt know about the fight at that time. This is just a strange scenario. I Still dont get why they didnt make Felder vs Pettis..

They could still weigh the shorts and subtract the weight.

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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby rique000 » Apr 6. 2018, 18:04

Bakke wrote:Image

The lightweight title still will be up for grabs in the UFC 223 main event – but only for one fighter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) will stay in the headliner in New York and will fight Al Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who will move up from the main-card opening fight against Paul Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) for the fight. A person close to the fight revealed the news to MMAjunkie today, and a UFC official subsequently confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.

But because Iaquinta weighed in for his fight with Felder at 155.2 pounds, he will be ineligible to win the title since that number is two-tenths of a pound over the title-fight limit. The scrambling that went on after original headliner Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) was pulled during the two-hour weigh-in window meant Iaquinta already had made weight for his fight with Felder, and hence had no reason to be given extra time to cut the small extra amount of weight since he wasn’t booked for a title fight till now.

Holloway was deemed medically unfit to get on the scale this morning in Brooklyn by the New York State Athletic Commission and UFC medical staff. The UFC first looked to Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who was without an opponent after Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) was pulled in the wake of the Conor McGregor bus incident late Thursday. Then the UFC turned to Felder when the Pettis fight wasn’t coming together. But Felder was not approved for a title fight by the NYSAC because he isn’t ranked high enough.

So Iaquinta now will step in to keep Nurmagomedov on the card, even though he won’t be able to win the lightweight title if he wins. As now is well-documented, current lightweight champion McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will be stripped of the title once a new champion is crowned – but an Iaquinta win would mean there actually isn’t a new champion, and that’s a scenario that hasn’t been discussed.

Stripping McGregor was a plan put in place long before the Irishman went on his alleged tirade in Brooklyn – which resulted in three criminal assault charges and one of criminal mischief.

Since Felder is without an opponent with Iaquinta’s move up, and Pettis is without an opponent thanks to Chiesa’s removal, a Pettis-Felder fight was in the works. But that apparently will not happen, which leaves UFC 223 with nine fights. It started the week with 13 – and had 13 heading into Thursday before McGregor’s alleged incident directly or indirectly led to the scrapping of three fights.

http://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/al-iaquinta-meets-khabib-nurmagomedov-at-ufc-223-but-only-nurmagomedov-can-win-title

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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Bakke » Apr 6. 2018, 18:17

He can steal the number one contender spot and get a title fight with Ferguson
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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Bakke » Apr 6. 2018, 18:18

Also main event money is probably better
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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Quixotic_Hero » Apr 6. 2018, 18:50

Main event money, rising up in the rankings, making a name for yourself.  
One way or the other, UFC owes him big time.  

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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Quixotic_Hero » Apr 6. 2018, 19:00

Whoa! Looks like Iaquinta will be eligible for the title after all!

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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Lukeo » Apr 7. 2018, 02:16

Lol, so... if Al wins Conor remains champ?

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Re: Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 – but only Nurmagomedov can win title

Postby Poochie » Apr 7. 2018, 07:31

He can win the tittle, it's just that the NY comission kinda f**ked that up. Just listen what dana said in the press conferece, Al is the champ if he wins and they have to work it out after the fight.
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