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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 223 main card from Brooklyn, which is highlighted by a lightweight title fight. Sort of.

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Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 223 goes down in Brooklyn.

With all the drama in the last seven days, it was wondered by many if there would be a lightweight title fight at all on this card. There will indeed be one, but only one guy can actually win the title as per NYSAC. In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov will take on Al Iaquinta. The co-main is the awaited rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the UFC women’s strawweight title.

This post will cover the main PPV card, which kicks off at 10pm ET/7pm PT and will feature five fights. The full lineup and schedule follows. The preliminary card will be covered in a separate post.

Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each matchup.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta

Round 1 - Iaquinta lands a right. He backs Khabib up and fakes a takedown attempt. Khabib pups him with a jab. KHabib jumps on an ankle, grabs the rest of the leg, and gets Iaquinta down. He’s in side control. Iaquinta gives up his back and Khabib takes it. Iaquinta squirmed back to his feet though. Nurmagomedov scoops a leg and throws him down. He passes from full guard to half within three seconds. Iaquinta is looking for a kimura as an excuse to stand up. Khabib gets it free and holds him in place, peppering him with short punches. He’s just riding him. Iaquinta gets back to his feet against the cage...for about four seconds. Khabib jumps on and ties up Ragin’ Al’s legs. The punches are a little harder now. Iaquinta up again. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.

Round 2 - Front kick from Khabib to the face of Iaquinta. Iaquinta with a right over the top. Khabib misses with an uppercut. He dives on an ankle again but Iaquinta gets away this time. Not for long though, as Nurmagomedov swarms him against the cage and slams him down. Khabib jumps on his back, but Al is working his way back up. Khabib pulls his legs out again. He’s on his back with both hooks this time. He’s looking for a choke. He can’t get it, but Khabib is in mount with 1:45 to go. Big right. Al is flattened out. Khabib opens up with punches. Khabib thinking about an arm triangle but Iaquinta is defending. Iaquinta is holding one of Khabib’s wrists to defend. More punches. Iaquinta survives. 10-8 Nurmagomedov.

Round 3 - Khabib with a right over the top. Iaquinta seems more cautious. Jab from KHabib. snapping body kick and another jab from Nurmagomedov. Four jabs in a row from Khabib. More jabs. He shoots in on a single, then backs off. Iaquinta lands two nice rights. Iaquinta’s nose is bloodied up. More jabs, and he wags a finger at Iaquinta. Inside leg kick from Iaquinta. Khabib with an inside leg kick. Outside leg kick from Khabib, Iaquinta lands the counter right. They’re both talking. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.

Round 4 - Khabib with a combo. Hard uppercut and a head kick too. Iaquinta with a glancing right hook. More jabs from Khabib. Al with a left hook. Hard shot from Khabib. Iauinta sluffs off a single-leg takedown attempt from Nurmagomedov. Double jab from Iaquinta. Two to the body now. Khabib jabbing all day. Iaquinta tried to scoop a single and lands a left. Right hook from Khabib. Straight right from Iaquinta. Combo from Khabib. Three-punch combo and a head kick from Khabib. Iaquinta lands again. 10-9 Nurmagomedov, but closer.

Round 5 - Khabib can’t get on a single leg. Jab and a right hook from Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta with a left to the body. Nice left hook from Iaquinta. Uppercut and a left as well. Khabib back to the jab. They’re tradinhg a bit more now. Iaquinta appears to be getting the better of it. Uppercut from Khabib. KHabib gets Iaquinta against the fence but can’t get a takedown. Shovel hook from Khabib and he’s turning it up. Flying knee from Khabib and he gets a takedown. Iaquinta is bleeding buckets now. Khabib has his back and is trying to secure a choke. Iaquinta survives. Khabib rolls him the other way and opens up with punches. Iaquinta tries to escape out the back door but Khabib just rides him to the horn. 10-9 and 50-44 Nurmagomedov.

Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Round 1 - Jedrzejczyk with a leg kick. A lot of feinting. Rose with a left. Inside leg kick from Joanna. Another to the outside. Namajunas with a combo. Rose with a left. They trade straight rights. Joanna with another leg kick. Rose with a jumping front kick. Namajunas lands two hard rights. Rose lands another counter right. Quick left hook as well. Jedrzejczyk lands a big shot, but Namajunas cracks her right back on the horn. 10-9 Namajunas.

Round 2 - Rose with a combination. Jedrzejczyk with a hard jab. Namajunas with a thudding left. Rose coming forward and landing. Joanna with her own left. Counter left from Jedrzejczyk. Hard snapping right scores as well. They clinch up and Joanna lands a knee to the body. Joanna got poked in the eye but the ref didn’t stop it. Hard jab from Jedrzejczyk. Namajunas lands her own left. They clinch up and Jedrzejczyk lands two knees. Two more knees. 10-9 Namajunas.

Round 3 - Inside leg kick from Jedrzejczyk. Namajunas with a hard right hook. Jab from Jedrzejczyk. Inside leg kick again as well. Jedrzejczyk really turning up the leg-kicking game. Head kick from Jedrzejczyk. It was partially blocked. Namajunas lands a back fist after they both miss with punches. Jab from Namajunas. Two more leg kicks from Joanna. Another one. They trade jabs. Joanna goes body/head with jabs. Joanna with a body kick after she caught a Rose kick. Jedrzejczyk with a right. She’s turning the tide. 10-9 Jedrzejczyk.

Round 4 - Inside leg kick from Jedrzejczyk. They both land straight rights. Joanna goes back to the inside of the leg. Left to the body from the former champion. Namajunas with her own outside leg kick now, and a hard right. Straight right from Joanna. Jedrzejczyk with a left. Rose evades a few other strikes. Body/head with the left for Joanna. Jedrzejczyk with three more leg kicks, insie and outside. Jedrzejczyk peppering Namajunas with shots. Namajunas fires back with two rights. Joanna just smiles and shakes her head. Joanna with a counter left. Right back fist and a left hook from Rose. Heavy kick from Joanna. 10-9 Jedrzejczyk.

Round 5 - Inside and outside leg kicks from Joanna. Hard left hook from Rose! Straight right from Namajunas. She’s turning it back up. Joanna with a hard knee. They’re brawling a bit. Namajunas lands a right on the nose. Joanna with an ultra-quick left to the jaw. Step-in elbow from Rose, but Joanna cracks her with a right. Joanna’s nose and eye are messed up. Lead uppercut from Namajunas. INside leg kick from Joanna. Joanna with a straight right, Rose with a right hook. Jedrzejczyk jabbing. Hard right from Joanna, and combination. They both throw front kicks. They both connect with hard rights. Jab from Jedrzejczyk. Joanna misses with a head kick but lands a knee. Namajunas with a takedown with 20 seconds to go. They trade punches on the ground. Man, that’s tough. I’m going to go 10-9 Jedrzejczyk and 48-47 Jedrzejczyk.

Rose Namajunas defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar

Round 1 - Slow start. Slapping leg kick from Moicano. Another. Big right hook from Kattar rang Moicano’s bell. Jabs from Moicano, and a leg kick. Quick right over the top from Kattar. Moicano with a wide right and a body kick. Jab from Kattar. Moicano with a counter right and a body kick. Counter left too. Moicano kicks the front leg again. Now to the inside. Yet another to the outside. They trade a nit on the inside. Moicano with another right and a leg kick. 10-9 Moicano.

Round 2 - More leg kicks from Moicano, on both sides of the lead limb. Head kick now, but it was blocked. Body kick and a right from Moicano. Moicano just firing away on that leg. Nice counter right from Moicano. Kattar is whiffing on big punches. Kattar finally caught a kick but couldn’t do anything with it. At least five more leg kicks by Moicano. He just keeps doing it and Kattar isn’t checking them. Kattar switched stances, but Moicano is just kicking that leg now. Straight left from Kattar, but Moicano counters well. 10-9 Moicano.

Round 3 - Kattar looks for an early takedown but Moicano is up immediately. Moicano with a left. Kattar presses and lands to the body. Leg kick from Moicano. Surprise, surprise. Kattar paws with the jab, and Moicano just bobs and weaves away from them. Inside leg kick. Uppercut from Moicano. Kattar with his own leg kick. Kattar’s nose is bleeding. Another inside leg kick. I should just copy and paste at this point. Moicano with a three-punch combination. Huge straight right from Moicano stuns Kattar. He doesn’t go for it all, preferring to continue to sit back and piece Kattar up. Hard uppercut. Body kick now. Another huge combo from Moicano. Kattar comes back with a right. Moicano circles to the horn. 10-8 Moicano and 30-26 overall.

Renato Moicano defeated Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak

Round 1 - Bochnick comes forward immediately. He lands a right over the top. Magomedsharipov has his hands down. Inside leg kick from Magomedsharipov. They both land jabs. Left hook and left body kick from the Dagestani. Hard body kick from Magomedsharipov. Spinning back kick. That was faaast. He misses with a crazy kick. Bochniak lands a long right hook. Hard inside leg kick from Magomedsharipov. Spinning high kick from Magomedsharipov. Zabit land a knee exiting a brief clinch. Head kick. Superman punch off the cage and a spinning back fist. Wow. They both land hooks. 10-9 Magomedsharipov.

Round 2 - Bochniak charges forward again to start this round, just like the first. Magomedsharipov cracks him with a body kick. He spins around to Bochniak’s back and tries to slam him to the mat. Just manhandling him. He finally takes top position after rag-dolling Bochniak for a little while. Bochniak gets up after about 30 seconds. Bochniak drops his hands, points at his chin, and lets Magomedsharipov club him. Wow. Then he lands a big right in return. Not bad. Long right from Magomedsharipov. Magomedsharipov with a sick trip takedown. Bochniak looks for a triangle. Zabit lands a couple of big punches. Bochniak goes for an omoplata and gets up. Bochniak with a double leg attempt, but he was too far out. Spinning back fist and a knee from Zabit. Zabit spins twice before the horn, and Bochniak is cut up. 10-9 Magomedsharipov.

Round 3 - They’re trading right away in the third as the crowd comes alive. Bochniak has a lot of heart. He’s wooing like Ric Flair in there while eating punches! Beautiful spinning back kick from Zabit. He puts his hand up, indicating he wants to scrap...then immediately shoos in and takes Bochniak down. They stall out against the cage with Zabit on his back. Bochniak briefly looked for a guillotine but ended up on his back. Bochniak gets up, but Zabit is stuck to his back. Bochniak dumps him off and he has the back now standing. Bochniak scoops a leg and Zabit goes for an Enzigiuri kick! Never seen that in MMA before! Zabit is looking a bit tired now though. Bochniak is turning it up! He’s just throwing down! He punches his own chin and they spend the last 15 seconds throwing down like a hockey fight! THIS IS WILD! THIS IS SAVAGE! That was one of the cooler fights I’ve seen in a long time. 10-9 and 30-27 Magomedsharipov.

Zabit Magomedsharipov defeated Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher

Round 1 - They’re off to a quick start. Lauzon with some big shots. Low leg kick from Greutzemacher. Lauzon paws his way inside. Three-punch combo from Lauzon. Lauzon shoots in but can’t get on top. He ends up on his back. Lauzon elevates him with butterflies but stays on his back. Greutzemacher lands some rights to the body standing over Lauzon. Lauzon is looking for a kneebar, then a heel hook. Greutzemacher pulls his leg out and they return to the feet. Lauzon with a hard right and a knee. They trade shots in close. Two elbows over the top from Lauzon. They both connect with right hooks. Greutzmacher with five shots in a row and one of them was right on the nose. Lauzon fires back wit ha right. Hard uppercut from Greutzemacher. Elbow too. Lauzon is fading. 10-9 Greutzemacher.

Round 2 - Greutzemacher with a low leg kick. Body shots. They trade rights. Lauzon in on a single. Greutzmacher escapes. Greutzemacher lands a left and Lauzon’s eye is messed up. Blood and swelling. Greutzemacher beats up the body. He’s all over Lauzon. Hard knee to the belly. Uppercut. Greutzemacher just pot-shotting him now. Lauzon throws a wild right. Shorts elbows from Greutzemacher, and a knee to the body. Combo from Lauzon, and another. Greutzemacher gets in close and beats up the body some more. Two rights from Greutzemacher. Lauzon is bleeding like crazy now. Greutzemacher peppering him wih shots. Short elbows and knees to the body. Lauzon trying to fire back. 10-8 Greutzemacher.

Lauzon’s eyes are basically both swollen shut. His corner stops the fight, which was absolutely the right call there.

Chris Greutzemacher defeated Joe Lauzon via TKO (corner stoppage), 5:00 of round 2