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UFC 223 Weigh-In Highlights: Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov & Al Iaquinta Faceoff

UFC 223 Weigh-In Highlights: Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov & Al Iaquinta Faceoff

Initially, it was announced that if Nurmagomedov (25-0) wins, he will be the lightweight champion, but a victory for Iaquinta (13-3) will not give him the belt because he did not weigh in under 155 pounds exactly.

McGregor appeared in court in NY on Friday charged with assault and criminal mischief.

In another twist, only the unbeaten Nurmagomedov will be able to win the vacant lightweight belt though, with Iaquinta above the weight limit required to claim the belt - available after McGregor was stripped of the gold.

So, in the last day or so, the fight card for UFC 223 has been reduced from 13 bouts to just 9... "We're dealing with this fight", White said.

CBS Sports will be live in Brooklyn, New York, all week bring you everything you need to know ahead of the fight as well as during the action and after everything wraps up at Barclays Center.




"Next week I'm going to go home and figure out how this whole thing plays out", he added.

Less than a week ago, 155-pound contender Khabib Nurmagomedov was just days away from finally meeting rival Tony Ferguson for the lightweight title at Saturday's UFC 223 in Brooklyn after three prior cancellations.

With his ability to smother opponents using his powerful wrestling skills, the undefeated Nurmagomedov is the promotion's rising star but Iaquinta is an excellent grappler and will provide a tough test.

Then original headliner Max Holloway was pulled from the lightweight title showdown against Nurmagomedov after the athletic commission ruled that it would be unsafe for him to make weight for the bout.

However, with the promotion quickly tiring of his antics, the once hugely-popular Irishman may find that while he might well be able to win back the belt in the future, winning back the fans may prove a lot more hard.


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