The New York State Athletic Commission decided on Thursday to remove Chiesa from the fight, which Ciesa later tweeted about:
A decision was made by the New York State Athletic Commission to pull me from UFC 223. I’m devastated to say the least. @Showtimepettis I hope to run this match up ASAP, June 9th in your backyard. That’s all I have to say for now. Much love.
He has asked Pettis to reschedule the fight for June 9. It was rumored that Pettis would fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in place of Max Holloway, who was also removed from the UFC 223 card. But, Al Iaquinta has officially been named to fight Nurmagomedov now.