UFC 223: Khabib vs. Iaquinta: All right well I had my predictions done for the original card before Conor McGregor went crazy and acted like a thug or a child with a temper I am not sure which one is more accurate. All I can say is he is a disgrace and a pathetic excuse for a man. So I will keep my predictions on the website under this one but here are my updated projections for UFC 223’s new card. First off here are the fighters who are no longer on this card. Ray Borg due to glass in his eye from Conor, Michael Chiesa from lacerations due to glass thanks to Conor, Artem Lobov for being involved in the childish acts with Conor, those are the three fighters removed from being directly involved somehow by either being innocent bystander or in Artem’s case a moronic participant. The other fighters off the card are Alex Cacares who was supposed to fight Lobov and win, Brandon Moreno who was supposed to fight Borg in what would have been a great fight, and Anthony Pettis who was supposed to fight Michael Chiesa. Paul Felder is now off the card as well because Iaquinta moved up to the main event when Holloway was declared unfit to fight by NYSAC when they didn’t have a doctor make that decision which raises a lot of questions. Pettis was originally offered the title fight with Khabib to keep Felder and Iaquinta on the card but he was low balled by the UFC money wise for trying to save the main event. Felder then offered to take the fight but NYSAC is so dumb and said he can’t because he isn’t ranked on UFC.com’s rankings but is elsewhere including our personal rankings. Iaquinta according to NYSAC will not be fighting for a title shot only Khabib will be but that is because he weighed in at 155.2 lbs instead of 155 exactly with his underwear or shorts on. He didn’t need to use the towel because he wasn’t fighting for a title when he originally weighed in. Then went back to start hydrating and over an hour later found out he could fight for the title. If you ask anyone with common sense the underwear/shorts he was wearing would have been the .2 LBS and would have hit title weight without them. MMA fighters around the world were tweeting that but NYSAC has no brain cells and declared otherwise thankfully Dana White has a brain and said Iaquinta will be fighting for the belt regardless of NYSAC recognition as champion. So my predictions will be just who I see winning as my analysis for the fights are still up on the website.
FS1 Prelims (8 PM/ET):
Devin Clark (8-2) vs. Mike Rodriguez (9-2): Mike Rodriguez wins this LHW fight in the 3rd round by KO/TKO.
#15 (14) Evan Dunham (18-6-1) vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-2): Olivier Aubin-Mercier wins this lightweight showdown by unanimous decision.
Bec Rawlings (7-7) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3): This flyweight women’s battle I have going to Ashlee Evans-Smith picking up the win by way of unanimous decision.
#3 (4) Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. #6 (8) Felice Herrig (14-6): This women’s strawweight battle I have Felice Herrig winning as the underdog AGAIN via a 3rd round submission.
UFC 223 Main Card (10 PM/ET):
Joe Lauzon (27-15) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (13-3): I have Joe Lauzon winning in round 1 by submission in this lightweight battle.
Zabit Magomedsharipov (14-1) vs. Kyle Bochniak (8-2): Zabit Magomedsharipov wins this one in round 2 by way of submission in this featherweight battle.
#12 (11) Renato Moicano (11-1-1) vs. #14 (13) Calvin Kattar (18-2): Calvin Kattar wins this featherweight fight in round 2 by KO.
Champ Rose Namajunas (8-3) vs. #1 (1) Joanna Jedrezejczyk (14-1): Rose Namajunas retains her strawweight belt in the 4th round with a submission win.
#2 (2) Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0) vs. #11 (11) Al Iaquinta (15-3): I think it is crazy to call Al a huge underdog as Khabib hasn’t faced anyone as aggressive, powerful, and skillful as a wrestler as Al is. I do love what Al brings to this fight but I still think Khabib has the slight edge and will win the lightweight title by way of 2nd round TKO.
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