Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Tony Ferguson Cancelled On Eve Of UFC 209

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He'll fight for the UFC lightweight interim title against Ferguson, who hasn't lost a fight since 2012.

Ferguson will no doubt provide the most challenging test to date for the Dagestani and is enjoying an incredible nine-fight win streak. This, me and Tony, this is one of the biggest fights in 2017 and all time in the UFC. With the skills that both fighters have, the fight may just be as good as predicted.

Also on the card are a returning Rashad Evans, who is making his long-awaited debut at middleweight after a medical scare, fan favorite Mark Hunt, who is now attempting to sue the UFC over his opponents' PED usage, and rising prospects Lando Vannata (lightweight) and Mirsad Bektic (featherweight).

During the lead up to Saturday's UFC 209 pay-per-view event, lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson engaged in a heated war of words.

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It is not uncommon for fights to be cancelled ahead of fight night, but a headlining bout having to be scrapped roughly 24 hours before the bell rings is always stunning.

The information initially arose from his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who is in his homeland after being denied a visa to come watch his son fight, informed Russian media Khabib had been hospitalized.

This was the third time the fight fell through after being scheduled, only this time the stakes were higher with that coveted golden strap on the line.

Ferguson does however have an extensive submission skillset, he has a knack for locking in nasty d'Arce chokes and guillotines, and he can also transition quickly and lock in a rear-naked choke. Woodley won three straight fights before the draw, and Thompson hasn't been defeated in his last eight fights. The two men were first booked to face off at the TUF 22 Finale in December of 2015, before Khabib was removed due to a rib injury.

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