Or also known as, UFC 223 press conference was held with the event headliners.
Specifically, Dana White held in attendance the focus of the events two confirmed bouts. One Featherweight bout between Champion Max Halloway and #2 rank Frankie Edgar, and the other, the main event of the evening, Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson vs. the undefeated #2 rank Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Also announced, without the combatants present, a rematch between women’s Strawweight championship bout from November, Champion Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk. More on this bout shortly.
But first, let’s get to the main event of the evening, Ferguson vs Khabib. The one match-up many fans have been waiting for…and waiting for…and waiting for…Yes, initially and last planned last year, the fight didn’t materialized after “The Eagle” was sent to the hospital just hours before the card for issues from the weight-cut. Since then, Ferguson has only just won interim gold after taking down Motown phenom, Kevin Lee. Khabib on the other hand was recently pitted against the dangerous striker Edson Barbosa just last month, a bout which he dominated all three rounds.
Fortunately for the fans, the two have not stopped jawing at each other since they were first pair against one another back in 2015. Three announcements later, we’re all hoping they get to get it on, for what will be undisputed title at 155.
Also in attendance at the UFC 223 press conference, the Hawaiian Max “Blessed” Halloway vs Frankie “The Answer” Edgar. These two finally get it on after a four month delay from an injury to the latter. Instead, the champ saw a rematch versus one of the sports all-time greats in Jose Aldo. And for those of you keeping track at home, that’s twice Halloway defeated Jose, and two times more than his next opponent has done in as many tries. Fortunately for Frankie, Halloway’s first name isn’t B.J. or Jose, which seems like the only two people he loses to. Otherwise he has dominated this division since its induction into the UFC.
Arguably though, the biggest star of the press conference, is the man who has left both of those divisions as the undisputed champ in favor of…well, who know’s. But Conor McGregor questions were thrown several times at UFC President Dana White, who pretty much laughed them off, not providing an answer on if the Conor would be making a comeback at some point, or if hell be getting stripped of the belt. If and when he does decide to come back, he’ll be a clear #1 contender for any of these four gentlemen.
But that leaves us with the event’s co-main event, a rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (We’re going to just stick to their first names for obvious reasons). Last time we saw the two, Rose was making Joanna tap-out to strikes. It’ll be interesting to see if we’ll get more of the same, or if Joanna will be more of the fighting champion as she was for the past few years.
UFC 223, the promotions 25th year anniversary event, should provide plenty of excitement. The last time, three champs were on the same card, it was easily the best of the year. Hopefully everyone stays healthy and we’ll have a good show for the fans.