The Size Up – UFC 223: Holloway vs. Nurmagomedov

The Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York is the venue for the hotly anticipated UFC 223 this Saturday night. In the main event, some unknown version of the UFC lightweight title is up for grabs as featherweight champion Max Holloway takes on top-contender Khabib Nurmagomedov with interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson forced out just six days before the event with an injury and full champion Conor McGregor seemingly not back in the fighting fold as of yet. The strawweight title is also on the line Saturday as Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch their 2017 fight.

Check out my full analysis and picks for both fights in the video below.

Full Picks

Main Card

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway – Nurmagomedov

Women’s Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk – Namajunas

Featherweight: Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar – Kattar

Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis – Chiesa

Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder – Felder

Preliminary Card

Women’s Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig – Kowalkiewicz

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno – Borg

Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher – Lauzon

Lightweight: Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier – Dunham

Early Preliminary Card

Featherweight: Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov – Caceres

Women’s Flyweight: Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith – Evans-Smith

Light Heavyweight: Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez – Clark

Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak – Magomedsharipov

Bet Of The Week

4/1 Chiesa, Kowalkiewicz, Caceres and Magomedsharipov.

Start Times

Early Prelims – 11.15pm on Fight Pass

Prelims – 1am on Fight Pass and BT Sport 2

Main Card – 3am on BT Sport 2

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