The upcoming UFC 223 pay-per-view card that hits on April 7th is going to be huge. If Daniel Cormier wasn’t fighting Stipe Miocic later on in the Summer at UFC 226, UFC 223 would be the biggest PPV of the year. Rose Namajunas will attempt to defend her new UFC strawweight title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk who is thirsty for revenge. The card is headlined by Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, in a fight that will determine the very best lightweight on the planet not named Conor McGregor. A card this crazy deserves a big budget promo video and it looks like we’re getting just that.
Whether he was supposed to or not, Tony Ferguson shared some footage on his Instagram of the shoot. It looks like he’s the new John Wick fighting invisible ghost ninjas in the rain. In other words, it looks completely awesome. After an exhaustive search on social media, no one else in the main or co-main has let anything slip besides a picture of Joann Jedrzejczyk just smiling and saying she spent the morning in Los Angeles on the same shoot. With this sneak peak though, just imagining her, Nurmagomedov, and Namajunas inserted in the scenario has our hype at maximum levels.
Just like with the amazing UFC 205 promo and others in the past, these hype videos seem to drop give-or-take a month before the actual event. So, we could expect to see the finished product by at least March, before the April 7th PPV. It seems like they are really pushing the rain gimmick. While it’s hard to make out, it looks like the promo will be set to this Mint Royale remix of Gene Kelly’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, which sounds like it is playing in the background of Tony Ferguson’s video. Although, it could have been added by Ferguson himself.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/17/2018.