Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC halt lightweight pretension hitch with Tony Ferguson was canceled Friday after Nurmagomedov was hospitalized due to problems creation weight.
One of a many expected bouts of a year was scrapped one day before UFC 209 during T-Mobile Arena.
Nurmagomedov was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Thursday night, a churned martial humanities graduation said. He was treated and discharged, though a UFC still canceled a quarrel on a recommendation of Nurmagomedov’s doctors.
Nurmagomedov (24-0) and Ferguson (23-3) have been matched in dual prior bouts that also were canceled due to medical problems for both fighters. Nurmagomedov has won all 8 of his UFC bouts, though a Dagestan-born Russian missed dual full years of foe before Apr 2016 due to a determined knee injury.
Although Ferguson and Nurmagomedov traded indignant insults via their graduation for UFC 209, Ferguson tweeted condolences during Nurmagomedov on Friday morning: “I Hope U Feel Better Khabib, we Pray For Your Recovery, we Mean It, Get Better.”
The 33-year-old Ferguson has won 9 true fights, and this matchup was a biggest showcase of his career. Ferguson alluded to Nurmagomedov’s probable problems creation weight during a faceoff between a fighters during media day on Thursday, with Ferguson revelation Nurmagomedov to “have fun with that weight cut, sucking air.”
Ferguson done weight on Friday morning during 154 1/2 pounds.
The leader of a hitch was expected to be among a tip contenders for a subsequent big-money quarrel with Conor McGregor, who won a unchanging UFC lightweight pretension final Nov with a feat over Eddie Alvarez. McGregor hasn’t announced when he will quarrel next, and he could also accommodate longtime criminal Nate Diaz or even Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fighting match.
UFC 209 is headlined by Tyron Woodley’s welterweight pretension rematch with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
The UFC is expected to foster an undercard hitch onto a pay-per-view apportionment of a show, though didn’t immediately select a fight. The pay-per-view label also includes a heavyweight matchup between Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.