On Friday morning, the co-main event of UFC 209 was dramatically cancelled as Khabib Nurmagomedov fell out of the contest due to weight-management issues before the early weigh-ins. He was brought to a local Las Vegas hospital Friday morning and UFC doctors ended up scrapping the fight with fellow contender Tony Ferguson.
With this fight now falling apart three separate occasions, UFC president Dana White didn’t sound too certain about booking Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson for a fourth time.
“I don’t know where to go from here. I don’t know what to do. I’ve got to see how this whole thing plays out,” White said on Friday following the UFC 209 weigh-ins.
“This reminds me of [Jon] Jones-[Daniel] Cormier, the fight that’s always supposed to happen and never happens. I don’t know what to do next. I’ve got to see what happens tomorrow and go from there.”
With this fight not taking place, many thought that it would automatically put Tony Ferguson next in line for the UFC lightweight title shot at current champion Conor McGregor and Ferguson agrees based on a tweet he sent out on Saturday night.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 5, 2017
When asked following the event whether Ferguson should face McGregor next for the lightweight title, White stated that it is a possibility.