One of the two marquee fights on this weekend’s UFC 209 fight card is off.
A report from Russian media this morning stated that Khabib Nurmagomedov was taken to the hospital during his weight cut for his interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson in Las Vegas.
Russian media reporting Khabib was taken to hospital three hours before the weigh-ins. Izvestia reported news after speaking to his father
— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) March 3, 2017
The UFC has now officially confirmed that the interim lightweight title bout is now officially off the UFC 209 fight card.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is officially off the UFC 209 card. Khabib was hospitalized this morning. Didn't make it to weigh-in.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) March 3, 2017
Here is the official announcement from the UFC.
UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov was transported to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Thursday evening due to weight management medical issues. He was treated and has been discharged, UFC officials confirmed.
The scheduled interim lightweight championship bout between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 has been cancelled on the doctor’s recommendation.
There has been no official communication as to what fight from the preliminary card will be bumped up to the main card as of the time of writing.