While there still may be some confusion when it comes to who the true lightweight champion is, there’s absolutely no confusion that Brooklyn is getting a loaded UFC PPV event on April 7th.
Two UFC world titles will be on the line inside of Barclays during WrestleMania weekend beginning with Rose Namajunas making her first title defense against the woman she won it from last November right across the Manhattan Bridge at MSG — former 5x defending champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Namajunas scored the upset of the year in 2017 with her first round KO of Joanna making her the first woman to defeat the Polish phenom in mixed martial arts competition. But when it comes to the greats in the sport — you sometimes have to beat them twice to truly cement yourself as the new king or queen of your division. Namajunas will look to do just that in Brooklyn on April 7th.
In the main event of the evening, fans will get what I believe to be the most exciting possible match up to make at 155 lbs.
While Conor McGregor versus either Ferguson or Khabib is undoubtedly the money fight — let’s face it, Conor versus anyone is the “money fight” — Ferguson versus Khabib is as intriguing as it gets. As of this writing, we still don’t know who the true champion of the division is, what we do know is that the winner will get a belt and a shot at McGregor — if he decides that it’s worth it.
Here’s what UFC 223 ‘Ferguson vs. Khabib’ currently looks like on paper:
Lightweight Championship Main Event
Tony Ferguson (c) (23-3) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0)
Women’s Strawweight Championship Co-Main Event
Rose Namajunas (c) (7-3) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1)
Al Iaquinta (13-3-1) vs. Paul Felder (15-3)
Women’s Strawweight Bout
Felice Herrig (14-6) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2)
Michael Chiesa (13-3) vs. Anthony Pettis (20-7)
Maribek Taisumov (26-5) vs. Evan Dunham (18-6-1)
Joe Lauzon (27-14) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (13-3)
Brandon Moreno (14-4) vs. Ray Borg (11-3)
Light Heavyweight Bout
Mike Rodriguez (9-2) vs. Devin Clark (8-2)