By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC 223 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nurmagomedov had several opponents in the week leading up to the fight, before Iaquinta was named his opponent on Thursday.
Nurmagomedov won the fight via a unanimous decision. He is the new lightweight champion after getting the win.
He became the official lightweight champion in the bout. Yet, Tony Ferguson, who was the interim champion recently, said he’s “[the] only legimiate lightweight champion left.”
Ferguson won the interim belt after Conor McGregor did not fight since Nov. 2016 in New York City. After McGregor’s antics on Thursday, he may never fight for the company again.
Nurmagomedov improved to 26-0 in his career. The 29-year-old is now 10-0 in the Octagon in the UFC.
This is his second straight win by unanimous decision. He also defeated Edson Barboza at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, 2017.
This is his 10th decision win in his career, as well.
Iaquinta, 30-years-old, fell to 13-4 in his career. This loss was his first since 2014 and snapped a five-fight win streak.
Initially, it was Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson, before he had to pull out on Easter Sunday. Then, Ferguson was replaced by Max Holloway.
Holloway was then ruled unfit to fight, before Paul Felder attempted to get the fight. Iaquinta then got the final opportunity.
This was the first-time Iaquinta lost via a unanimous decision in his career. His previous three losses were by submission.