The results of the main event will coronate the new king of the lightweight division, therefore stripping the “Notorious” Conor McGregor of his third UFC championship reign.
As we say goodbye to old friends and say hello to new ones, it’s safe to say that UFC 223 looks pretty awesome.
Aside from the political implications that will unfold at 223 and further affect this wonderful thing we call the fight game, the quality of the card alone will draw more pay per view buys than your normal who cares championship fight with a negligible title eliminator PPV.
In the exclusive fight pass prelims we see an intriguing matchup between MMA Lab product “Bruce Leeroy” Alex Caceres (13-11) and SBG fighter/huge Conor McGregor guy Artem Lobov (13-14). Caceres is currently coming off a split decision loss to UFC newcomer Wang Guan, while Lobov is on a two fight skid after losses to MMA veteran Cub Swanson and Team Alpha Male young gun Andre “Touchy” Fili.
Looking toward the preliminary bouts that will be aired on Fox Sports one, former strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) taking on “Lil’ Bulldog” Felice Herrig. Kowalkiewicz has lost two out of her last three fights while Herrig is currently riding a four fight win streak.
For the main card, we have a nice under-the-radar lightweight matchup between former lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Anthony Pettis (20-7) and “Maverick” Michael Chiesa (14-3). Both hope to get back on track as Chiesa is coming off a controversial submission loss to “Motown Phenom” Kevin Lee, while Pettis has lost five out of his last seven fights.
For the co-main event, we have none other than the reigning strawweight champion “Thug” Rose Namajunas (7-3) defending her title for the first time against the woman she won the belt from, Joanna Jerdrzejczyk (14-1).
This matchup has been highly anticipated due to the massive upset knockout that Namajunas issued Jerdrzejczyk at UFC 217 in New York City.
For one, I would be utterly shocked if this fight went to the cards. Namajunas came out in their last bout guns blazing and eventually achieved the knockout finish early in the fight. On the other hand, all of Jerdrzejczyk finishes have come by way of knockout of technical knockout.
If there were any fights on this card where you should not leave your seat in fear of missing a fight finish, it’s this one.
Last but most certainly not least we have the highly anticipated main event. Some analysts and experts have even said this is the greatest MMA matchup of all time. We have interim champion Tony Ferguson (23-3) coming off a submission win over Kevin Lee in their interim title match at UFC 216.
His opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov is on a 25 fight win streak.
That’s right, he’s 25-0. This man has never lost a fight ever.
There’s nothing else I can say to make you watch this fight.
It’s your fault if you miss it, the winner most likely gets Conor, both fighters are sublime in the octagon.
This time it’s not the UFC’s responsibility to sell you the pay-per view. It’s your responsibility to buy it. Watch UFC 223, if not for the fight game, for your favorite sideline intel contributor.