The undefeated black belt in judo and two time combat sambo world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov entered this fight with a perfect mma record of 25-0-0 (64% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.3 lightweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Eddie Alvarez). After suffering different injuries between 2014 and 2015, he fought twice in 2016 winning over Darrell Horcher (Nurmagomedov vs Horcher) and Michael Johnson (Johnson vs Nurmagomedov), and once in 2017 beating Edson Barboza (Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Edson Barboza).
His opponent, Al Iaquinta (who replaces Max Holloway since was deemed medically unfit on the weigh in day – Holloway was the replacement of Tony Ferguson), has a mma record of 13-3-1 (62% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.13 in the same weight class. He suffered his last loss when he faced Mitch Clarke in 2014, since then he has collected five victories beating Jorge Masvidal (Iaquinta vs Masvidal) and Diego Sanchez in his last two (Diego Sanchez vs Al Iaquinta). Khabib vs Iaquinta, main event of Ufc 223, is valid for the Ufc lightweight title. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC 223: Khabib vs Iaquinta
Where: Barclays Center, New York, United States
Division: lightweight (155 lbs, 70 kg)
Title: UFC Lightweight Championship
UFC 223 fight card (main fights):
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Al Iaquinta
Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk 2
Renato Moicano Carneiro vs Calvin Kattar
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak
Evan Dunham vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Khabib’s previous fight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Edson Barboza
Iaquinta’s previous fight: Diego Sanchez vs Al Iaquinta
Khabib’s next fight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor
Khabib vs Iaquinta Fight Video:
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Official post-fight interview