Early weigh-ins for tomorrow night’s UFC 223 fight card will be held this morning at the UFC host hotel in Brooklyn, New York. The fighters will hit the scale beginning at 9 a.m. EST.
Ceremonial weigh-ins will begin at 6 p.m. EST at the Barclays Center, the same venue that hosts tomorrow night’s event.
Three fights were dropped from the card unfortunately as a direct result of yesterday’s incident with Conor McGregor.
Michael Chiesa sustained facial lacerations as a result of broken window glass after McGregor threw a dolly at the bus carrying fighters. He spent several hours in the hospital but then would not be allowed to attempt to make weight. The New York Athletic Commission called off the fight.
Ray Borg complained of irritation to his eye after small fragments of glass were sent flying his way. His bout with Brandon Moreno is off the card.
Lastly, UFC President Dana White removed Artem Lobov, friend of McGregor, who was involved in the incident. He was scheduled to take on Alex Caceres.
Two titles were supposed to be on the line Saturday night. In the main event, featherweight champion Max Holloway was to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov in a battle for the vacant UFC lightweight title. Holloway replaced interim champion Tony Ferguson who was injured earlier this week. This morning Holloway was declared medically unfit to weigh-in and the main event has been canceled. Al Iaquinta was offered to fight Nurmagomedov. Also, former champion Anthony Pettis could weigh in although his fight with Chiesa was off.
The New York State Athletic Commission stated that Paul Felder was not ranked an could not be offered to fill in the spot. Pettis asked for too much money on short notice, thus a decision was made to go with Iaquinta, however since he weighed in 0.2 pounds over the championship allowance, only Nurmagomedov can win the title. The soap opera that is the UFC lightweight title picture is insane right now.
UPDATE: Dana White later said that the commission won’t recognize it as a title win for Iaquinta should he win, but the UFC will figure it out and the title is on the line.
UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas defends her title against the woman she defeated to capture the gold, longtime former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Complete UFC 223 weigh-in results below:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Max Holloway (declared medically unfit to weigh-in) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (154.5) – for lightweight title FIGHT CANCELED
Champ Rose Namajunas (114.2) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114) – for women’s strawweight title
Calvin Kattar (145.4) vs. Renato Moicano (145.6)
Kyle Bochniak (145.2) vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov (145.8)
Paul Felder (155) vs. Al Iaquinta (155.2) – Fight off – Iaquinta now in main event
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Felice Herrig (115.4) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115)
Chris Gruetzemacher (155) vs. Joe Lauzon (155.4)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (125.8) vs. Bec Rawlings (125.8)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier () vs. Evan Dunham (155.8)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Devin Clark (205.2) vs. Michael Rodriguez (203)Follow MyMMANews.com on Social Media