UFC 223 is almost 3 weeks away and Indian MMA fans are ready to watch a war between two elite lightweight fighters for gold. Tony ‘El cucuy’ Ferguson will defend his belt against Khabib ‘the eagle’ Nurmagomedov on April 7 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States at UFC 223.
These two guys are known for their spectacular performances in the Octagon. Tony Ferguson is on a 10 fight win streak in the UFC and in his last fight he submitted Kevin Lee and won the lightweight belt. His last loss came out against Michael Johnson on May, 5, 2012. The important thing is that he is improving his skills day by day. Khabib is unbeaten in his whole career with 25 wins and no losses. In his last two fights he has shown some terrific wrestling and some brutal ground n pound.
Tony and Khabib are no strangers to each other. 3 bouts have been cancelled before and now they will fight each other for their legacy. The two lightweights were previously scheduled to meet in 2015 and 2016. The first booking fell through due to an injury suffered by Nurmagomedov, while the second fell through due to an injury suffered by Ferguson. After all this drama they were set to fight at UFC 209 but Khabib’s illness and a bad weight cut pulled him out from the fight.
But now the date is different and the year is new so we can expect a real showdown between these two.
The Referees and Judges have been assigned for this huge event at Brooklyn. Referees for the scheduled bouts are:
Dan Miragliotta, Todd Anderson, Keith Peterson, Rob Hinds
Judges for UFC 223 will be:
Sal D’Amato, David Bruce, Glenn Trowbridge, David Tirelli, Christopher Lee, and Derek Cleary.