UFC 223: Countdown to Namajunas vs Jedrzejczyk, Jimmy Smith preview


UFC 223 Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Rose Namajunas defends her women’s strawweight title against the former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223 co-headline bout. The event takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 8 (April 7 in the US).

The pair originally met last November at Madison Square Garden. Jedrzejczyk was making her sixth title defense against Namajunas, but faced a defeat by knockout in the first round. Nevertheless she got an immediate rematch, which is expected to be the following women’s MMA blockbuster.

Ahead of the show the promotion released UFC 223 countdown video which goes inside the lives and gyms of Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk. In addition, another clip hit stream with UFC commentator Jimmy Smith previewing a highly anticipated rematch.

UFC 223 is headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov up against Max Holloway. The latter is a featherweight champion, who contests for the lightweight title, replacing injured Tony Ferguson. A complete lineup can be found below.

UFC 223 fight card

Main Card
Lightweight Max Holloway vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Women’s Strawweight Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Featherweight Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar
Lightweight Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Lightweight Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder

Preliminary Card
Women’s Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Flyweight Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Lightweight Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Lightweight Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Preliminary Card
Featherweight Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Women’s Flyweight Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Light Heavyweight Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez
Featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak