UFC 223 is set to take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
However, he never attempted to defeat the title for the period of two years and the bout for the new UFC champion in lightweight category was scheduled in NY this weekend between Russia's Habib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway of the United States.
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After having a hectic afternoon of discussions, the UFC announced that 30-year-old Iaquinta would measure up to handle Nurmagomedov in his hometown of NY in the UFC223 main event on Saturday.
"After careful review between the state athletic commission and the UFC medical teams, Mr. Holloway is deemed medically unfit to attend the scales at this time", Sumbler told reporters at weigh-ins. Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were hurt in the mayhem and forced off the card.
Nurmagomedov (25-0) is 9-0 under the UFC banner and undefeated in his entire MMA career.
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The only New Yorker on the entire card, Iaquinta will receive a rousing welcome when he headlines his first ever UFC event. He turned himself in and was arrested on three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.
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.
Butler-Au also says that Holloway's ankle injury, which caused him to be pulled from UFC 222, is now fully healed and shouldn't play a factor at UFC 223. Both fighters successfully made weight on Friday.
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It had been a tumultuous number of hours for the UFC ahead of this weekend's event in Brooklyn. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, they arrived in "retaliation" against Nurmagomedov and his team cornering Artem Lobov, a teammate and good friend of McGregor's, earlier in the week.