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Anthony Pettis & Paul Felder Denied Main Event Spot Against Khabib At UFC 223

Anthony Pettis & Paul Felder Denied Main Event Spot Against Khabib At UFC 223

UFC 223 fight card keeps getting worst after McGregor’s melee, this morning featherweight champion Max Holloway was pulled out of main event title fight against Kahbib Nurmagomedov as he was deemed unfit to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission.

UFC began a desperate hunt to find a replacement opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov however it was reported UFC seeks to book former champion Anthony Pettis against Nurmagomedov but this morning Pettis weighed in at 155.2lbs, came 0.2lbs over championship weight limit. According to NYSAC rules, Pettis was given 2 hours to make 155 on the dot.

As per reports, Pettis was demanding raise in pay for a championship fight, which UFC wasn’t agreed on and in the midst of that NYSAC pulled the scale and left the weigh-ins stage. Pettis won’t be fighting Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 main event.

Next rumored opponent was UFC lightweight Paul Felder, who is slated to take on Al Iaquinta, was in line to take on Khabib, but the NYSAC declined due to the difference in their rankings.

Felder has since said that the commission prevented him from taking the main event fight with Khabib.

No further word on which rankings they were referencing—meant that he wasn’t eligible to fight the undefeated Dagestani star.

Stay tuned for more on this!

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