NYSAC blocks Paul Felder from UFC 223 title fight

Grant SmithApr 07, 2018

The Hawaiian had stepped in as a late replacement after Tony Ferguson had pulled out of the contest last week with Khabib Nurmagomedov but doctors were forced to put a halt to the featherweight champions weight cut.

The UFC has lost its main event for UFC 223 on Saturday at Barclays Center.

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.

The UFC press service informed TASS earlier that U.S. fighter Pettis was the replacement for Holloway in the title fight against Nurmagomedov, but then added that he also failed to pass the weighing procedure.

Holloway stepped in to save the UFC's upcoming pay-per-view and made a decision to take this fight in the 155 lbs category on just six days notice.

Looks like Nurmagomedov's saga about the number of fighters he could have faced this Saturday in Brooklyn has finally came to the end, as New York's own Iaquinta is now set to fight in a five-round bout against The Eagle. There's been reports that Anthony Pettis was in the mix to be Khabib's opponent, and that Felder was also asked. UFC officials have yet to announce details of Nurmagomedov's opponent, if there is one, as well as any other changes to the fight card. Ferguson's freak knee injury knocked him out of action and almost derailed the main event of the card. "I want the title fight in April".

Holloway tweeted that while he was keen to continue cutting weight in order to fight tomorrow night, the commission has pulled the plug. McGregor was released Friday on $50,000 bond.

"I've got some new muscles", she said. McGregor previously had held the belt but has not fought in the octagon since November 2016, stepping away to train for last year's lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

After one of the most freakish days in the sport's history, UFC 223 (now available on Amazon Prime) finally has a main event.

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