UFC 223 is a Pay-Per-View event you DO NOT want to miss! Two titles are on the line as Men's Lightweight (155 lbs.) Champion Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson (23-3) defends his belt against undefeated Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov (25-0), and Women's Strawweight (115 lbs.) Champion "Thug" Rose Namajunas (7-3) defends her title in a rematch against former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk (14-1).
Finally! This is the fight MMA fans have been waiting, literally, years for. After three failed attempts to get these two in the ring, grappler and combat SAMBO world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov puts his undefeated MMA record on the line against current interim Men's Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson, who is sitting on a 10-win streak of his own. Khabib mauls his opponents, flat-out embarrassing Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and Rafael dos Anjos in recent fights. But Ferguson deals damage like no other Lightweight currently in the MMA. He has hard fists, sharp elbows, and he attacks from all directions. He's also incredibly dangerous from the bottom. This is going to be a sick, sick fight.
Before UFC 217, everyone thought Joanna Jędrzejczyk was untouchable, including the champion herself. She is a Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion. She was undefeated in the UFC, beating everyone in the women's strawweight division. Everyone except "Thug" Rose Namajunas, that is. J.J. was 14-0. Rose was just 6-3. But somehow the quiet, calm Rose caught J.J. with a left hook that put her to the canvas. She got back up, but then went down again when Rose landed another left hook. Then, after a flurry of punches, the unbelievable happened... Joanna Champion tapped out! Whether J.J. was weak from the weight cut, or she was overconfident and underestimated Rose doesn't matter. Rose was the new champion and Joanna looked stunned. This rematch will either reassert Joanna's dominance of the division or quiet all of Thug's doubters.
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Lightweights Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Women's Strawweights Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Featherweights Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar
Lightweights Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Lightweights Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
Women’s Strawweights Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Flyweights Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Lightweights Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Lightweights Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier