UFC 223 takes place this weekend in Brooklyn, New York as the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its return to the Big Apple. The event has undergone some major changes after a whirlwind of a week full of unexpected turns. Initially, the pay-per-view was set to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between interim champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Unfortunately, Ferguson suffered a knee injury during pre-fight media obligations and was forced to withdraw from the bout. That led to featherweight champion Max Holloway stepping up to take the fight against Nurmagomedov on just six days notice.
However, the cursed event was forced to change main events once again when the New York State Athletic Commission determined Holloway was medically unfit to compete after watching him struggle with his weigh in. That led to the UFC attempting to book Nurmagomedov against former champion Anthony Pettis, but Pettis and the promotion could not agree to financial terms.
Ultimately, Al Iaquinta landed the fight, but he is unable to claim the lightweight belt because he weighed in at 155.2 pounds at the official weigh-in. Nurmagomedov is still eligible to win the belt.
In addition to the changes in main event, an attack on the fighter bus by Conor McGregor led to multiple other fights getting scrapped from the event. Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis was scrapped because of cuts suffered by Chiesa when McGregor through a dolly through the bus window. Glass also got in the eye of Ray Borg, who was then forced out of his bout with Brandon Moreno. Artem Lobov, McGregor’s teammate, was pulled from the card for his involvement in the incident, canceling his scheduled bout with Alex Caceres. Finally, Paul Felder was left without an opponent when Iaquinta jumped at the opportunity to headline the pay-per-view in his home state.
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UFC 223 Viewing Details
How To Watch UFC 223 Online
The UFC 223 event will begin this Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 6:15 P.M. and can be watched online – without cable subscription – via UFC Fight Pass, UFC.TV, UFC.TV App, Sling TV, and Amazon. Here are your options in detail:
UFC Fight Pass
UFC 223 preliminary fights will begin at 6:15 P.M. and can be streamed via UFC Fight Pass. It’s a subscription service which offers one-month, six-month and 12-month subscription options. It costs $9.99 a month, $8.99/month with a 6-month commitment, or $7.99/month with a 12 months commitment. You can start a 7-day free trial with any plan, and if you cancel before the trial ends, you will not be charged.
UFC 223 Fox Sports 1 prelims begin at 8:00 P.M, you may stream the fights for free via Sling TV. Sling TV is a service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computer or mobile device. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial. Like UFC Fight Pass, if you cancel your subscription within seven days, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the Sling TV app for your computer, phone or mobile device to start streaming.
MMAStreams via Reddit
Your other option is to visit MMAStreams on Reddit to see if you can find a stream for this event.
UFC 223 Fight Card
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
- Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8:00 p.m. ET)
- Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Bec Rawlings
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Evan Dunham
- Devin Clark vs. Michael Rodriguez