This weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Big Apple for a star-studded pay-per-view event, UFC 223. The pay-per-view, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will be headlined by two title fights. There was a late change in the main event when Tony Ferguson was forced to withdraw from his bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov due to a freak knee injury, but he was quickly replaced by featherweight champion Max Holloway. Unfortunately, Holloway was deemed medically unfit to compete in the main event which led UFC officials to pick Anthony Pettis, who had lost his original opponent, Michael Chiesa, due to the bus attack from Conor McGregor.
McGregor’s training partner, Artem Lobov, was also pulled from the bout for his involvement in the attack.
In the co-main event, Rose Namajunas makes her first defense of the women’s strawweight title against former 115-pound queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Also featured on the main card is a lightweight bout between Paul Feder and Al Iaquinta kicking off the action. In the FOX Sports 1 headliner, Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz go toe-to-toe.
UFC 223: Fight Time & Viewing Details
Event: UFC 223: Nurmagomedov vs. Pettis
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Location: Brooklyn New York
Venue: Barclays Center
Pay-Per-View Card Time: 10:00 P.M. EST
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1, Pay-per-view
UFC 223 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10:00 p.m. ET)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta – for lightweight title
- Champ Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – for women’s strawweight title
- Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano
- Kyle Bochniak vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8:00 p.m. ET)
- Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon
- Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Bec Rawlings
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Evan Dunham
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)
- Devin Clark vs. Michael Rodriguez
UFC 223 Betting Odds
Odds are currently favoring Nurmagomedov (-500) over Holloway (+400), according to 5Dimes.