UFC fight card -- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs.
While that will still be taking place on Saturday, it just won't be against the originally scheduled opponent -- or the original replacement, for that matter.
Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was pulled from the scheduled bout following a freak accident last week, and his original stand-in, featherweight champion Max Holloway, was deemed medically unfit to compete on Friday by the New York State Athletic Commission.
The circumstances opened up the opportunity for Iaquinta to participate in the fight of his career. Al Iaquinta, who was scheduled to face off with Paul Felder on the card, will take on Nurmagomedov now, but will be unable to claim the title after missing the pound limit by 0.
Meanwhile, Thursday's incident, which led to criminal charges for current lightweight champion Conor McGregor , UFC removed his teammate, Artem Lobov, from the card and injuries to Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg from the debris will not allow them to compete on the card.
In addition to the title fight, newly crowned women's strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will face off with the woman she took the belt from in Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the rematch from last November when Namajunas shocked the world and stopped the undefeated champion in the first round.
To recap, UFC was originally scheduled to feature 13 fights.
It will now be nine and have no early prelim bouts. Al Iaquinta Lightweight title Rose Namajunas c vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Women's strawweight title Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano Featherweight Kyle Bochniak vs.
Zabit Magomedsharipov Featherweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs.
Felice Herrig Women's strawweight Joe Lauzon vs. Bec Rawlings Women's flyweight Evan Dunham vs.
Mairbek Taisumov Lightweight Devin Clark vs. UFC Schedule.