Another huge UFC pay-per-view, and another devastating blow for fans of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Just 24 hours before his scheduled interim lightweight title fight, ‘The Eagle’ has again pulled out.
This is the fourth time Nurmagomedov has pulled out of a scheduled fight in the UFC. Never has he been yanked this close to an event, though. Reports indicated that Khabib had been taken to hospital for illness while cutting weight, shortly after the worst was confirmed.
Although they’d shared quite an intense rivalry, Tony Ferguson wished Nurmagomedov the best of luck. The same, however, can not be said for Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh.
Here’s team McGregor’s reaction to the news:
Poor Taste Lads…
Back to Tony Ferguson, and it looks as though the wheels are already in motion to find a replacement for Khabib. According to the Las Vegas review journal, lightweight contender Michael Johnson has accepted the fight on 24 hours notice.
Fans will remember Johnson beating Ferguson in 2012, making this fight all the more interesting.
For now, here’s the official UFC 205 fight card:
Event: UFC 209: “Woodley vs. Thompson 2”
Date: Sat., March 4, 2017
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View (PPV)
UFC 209 PPV Main Event:
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson
UFC 209 PPV Co-Main Event:
155 lbs.: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson for interim lightweight title
UFC 209 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Kelly
155 lbs.: David Teymur vs. Lando Vannata
265 lbs.: Mark Hunt vs. Alistair Overeem
UFC 209 FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” Undercard (8 p.m. ET)
265 lbs.: Mark Godbeer vs. Daniel Spitz
265 lbs.: Luis Henrique vs. Marcin Tybura
145 lbs.: Mirsad Bektic vs. Darren Elkins
135 lbs.: Iuri Alcantara vs. Luke Sanders
UFC 209 Fight Pass “Prelims” Undercard (6:30 p.m. ET)
205 lbs.: Paul Craig vs. Tyson Pedro
135 lbs.: Albert Morales vs. Andre Soukhamthath
115 lbs.: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Amanda Cooper