Episode 1 of UFC 223 Embedded, former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk pushes herself with the goal of reclaiming her belt, and defending champion Rose Namajunas readies for the rematch. Title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov arrives in New York City for his long-awaited championship fight against Tony Ferguson. Jedrzejczyk enjoys a going-away breakfast with her camp, and Nurmagomedov brings his team to Renzo Gracie’s Brooklyn facility. Fight week kicks off with a shocking announcement from UFC President Dana White, and Nurmagomedov reacts to the news that his opponent will be featherweight champion Max Holloway. UFC 223 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two championship bouts at UFC 223: Ferguson vs. Khabib on Saturday, April 7 on Pay-Per-View.
UFC 223: Khabib vs. Holloway, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York will still host the title doubleheader on April 7th. An unfortunate knee injury to current interim lightweight champion TONY FERGUSON caused him Sunday to withdraw from his fourth attempted meeting against undefeated powerhouse KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV.
With the promotion in a scramble to find a replacement opponent for NURMAGOMEDOV, current reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway stepped up to the task of putting the 1st blemish on the record of NURMAGOMEDOV, while looking to make history by becoming only the second fighter in UFC history to successfully hold two titles concurrently.
UFC 223 Main card (PPV)
Lightweight Title: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway
Women’s Strawweight Title Rose Namajunas (c) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Featherweight Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar
Lightweight Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Lightweight Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Women’s Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Flyweight Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Lightweight Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Lightweight Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Featherweight Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Women’s Flyweight Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Light Heavyweight Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez
Featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak
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