Matches to Make After UFC 223

Matches to Make After UFC 223

Nurmagomedov battered and bloodied Al Iaquinta and won the UFC 155-pound championship by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 223 on Saturday night.

As the fight advance, Iaquinta grew wise to further takedowns and forced Khabib to switch up tactics; rounds 4 and 5 were dominated by stand-up manoeuvres by both fighters. Yahoo Sports had it 50-44 for Nurmagomedov.

Expected to dismantle Iaquinta, who stepped in on a little more than 24-hours notice, Nurmagomedov was made to work for the five-round victory.

Nurmagomedov had the beating of the only New Yorker on the UFC 223 card in all departments but Iaquinta put on quite the show for the Barclays Centre crowd by staying in the fight throughout the headliner. Furthermore, Iaquinta's original bout with Paul Felder was scrapped as Iaquinta was moved to the main event.

Nurmagomedov had a papakha on his head and called out Georges St-Pierre for a fight later this year at Madison Square Garden.

In the show's other main fight, Rose Namajunas successfully defended her women's straw-weight belt in a rematch against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

"The Eagle", who remained perfect in his career, scored eight takedowns and out-landed Iaquinta on the feet.

"He [McGregor] came with a team, and camera guys and broke [the] bus, and ran away".

It's understood that McGregor was attempting to exact retribution over an incident that occurred in a hotel earlier in the week, when a verbal altercation ensued as Artem Lobov - McGregor's friend and team-mate - was cornered by Nurmagomedov and members of his team.

Namajunas controlled the first two rounds, tagging Jedrzejczyk in each one with hard rights. The outcome was a forgone conclusion. In addition, Chris Gruetzemacher claimed the second-round TKO win against Joe Lauzon.

The belt has been stripped from McGregor as a result of his failure to defend it since he dethroned Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in November 2016.

McGregor's agent, Audie Attar, wrote on Twitter that the former two-division champ "looks forward to getting back to fighting as soon as possible". Ferguson injured his knee in a freak accident, prompting White to suddenly strip the interim champ of his belt.

Jedrzejczyk threw her arm around Namajunas for a hug at the end of the bout. Nurmagomedov, in spite of the limitations of his striking game, seemed relatively content to keep the fight standing.

Namajunas, who preaches the power of positivity over trash talking, proved her first win was no fluke.

UFC 223 took some big hits in the week leading up to the event, but it didn't harm the company's bottom line.

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