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UFC 223 Recap: Rose Namajunas, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jimmy Smith On 'Outside The Cage'

Namajunas, Nurmagomedov + Smith discuss UFC 223, the now infamous 'bus-incident,' and future plans.

April 08, 2018 - 2:06 am

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WFAN 'Outside the Cage' hosts Ike Feldman and Pete Hoffman were on location broadcasting live at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for UFC 223 breaking down all the action inside and outside the arena along with several special guests including Rose Namajunas and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The days leading up to the highly anticipated UFC 223 caused a stir among die-hard fans and the entire sports world alike. Conor McGregor's suspected return to the Octagon was halted following an arrest at the site of the event for a violent incident involving multiple fighters. Several sustained serious wounds after McGregor tossed a hand truck through a bus window and were unable to fight. This incident also forced a shuffling of several fights on the card.

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In an unrelated but equally dramatic story, Khabib Nurmagomedov was unable to face Tony Ferguson for the fourth time due to a freak injury and Max Holloway's failure to make weight set up a title match with Al Iaquinta. The women's strawweight title was also on the line featuring an exciting rematch between Rose Namajunas & Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

A full list of fight results is listed below.


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Speaking candidly with undisputed strawweight champion Rose Namajunas after her five-round rematch bout with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Namajunas tells Ike and Pete not only about her unanimous decision win after a grueling match but also her feelings on the now infamous Conor McGregor 'bus-incident' that almost sidelined her fight this evening.


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Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov also sat down to talk about his UFC 223 main event win against Al Iaquinta (his 10th win in the UFC and 26th overall MMA victory), his ongoing beef with Conor McGregor, and his willingness to take part in a championship bout in his home country of Russia -- if there is a Pay-Per-View aspect to it. 



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Jimmy Smith, FOX analyst for UFC 223 also joined the show to discuss what he saw from the matches as the color commentator. Jimmy reveals which was his favorite fight of the night and how the Conor McGregor arrest will impact the entire UFC going forward.


Listen to the full podcast below.


Complete Scorecard:

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta | Unanimous decision (50-44, 50-43, 50-43)

Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk | Unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Renato Moicano def. Calvin Kattar | Unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Kyle Bochniak | Unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Chris Gruetzemacher def. Joe Lauzon | Second-round TKO (corner stoppage)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Felice Herrig | Split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Evan Dunham | First-round TKO (strikes)

Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Bec Rawlings | Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Devin Clark def. Michael Rodriguez | Unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)


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Special thanks to Jimmy SmithRose Namajunas, and Khabib Nurmagomedov for joining the program.

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