Khabib Nurmagomedov has been forced out of his The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale bout with Tony Ferguson due to injury.
Although fighters often fall out of bouts because of an injury, withdrawing from the Dec. 11 fight is a major setback for Nurmagomedov, who said on Thursday that he suffered a broken rib.
The Dagestan fighter was a hotly anticipate arrival when he debuted in the Octagon in 2011 with a 16-0 record. He has lived up to expectations, winning all six of his UFC bouts, including wins over the likes of Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares, and current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
The problem is, Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought in a year and a half, since he defeated dos Anjos. Although he was on the cusp of a title shot, at least twice linked to a No. 1 contender bout with Donald Cerrone, a recurring knee injury has kept him on the sidelines.
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