The pros react to the scrapped UFC 209 co-main event between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson.
The highly anticipated UFC 209 pay-per-view took a major blow on Friday when it was announced that the interim lightweight championship tilt between top contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson had been cancelled.
The announcement was made after Nurmagomedov, 28, was hospitalized in Las Vegas on Friday morning due to weight cutting issues. ‘The Eagle’ also missed weight in his 2013 bout against Abel Trujillo but still fought at a catchweight of 158.5 lbs.
Although UFC 209 will still feature a headlining welterweight championship rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson, many fans crowned Nurmagomedov-Ferguson as the true main event.
Several pro fighters reacted to the news on Twitter.
@TeamKhabib I Hope U Feel Better Khabib, I Pray For Your Recovery, I Mean It, Get Better #Road2Gold #TonyFergusonMMA #UFC209 @ufc @danawhite
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 3, 2017
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) March 3, 2017
Hope the guy is alright but it’s just odd to me that every time these guys are supposed to fight one or the other pulls out.
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) March 3, 2017
Wish you well @TeamKhabib hope you are good brother!
— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) March 3, 2017
I was looking forward to the khabib fight more than the main event!!! . Ffs. #ufc209
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) March 3, 2017
SMFH!!! Noooooo!!! https://t.co/nGNy6sBni7
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) March 3, 2017
Fuck Khabib vs Tony is off! Add more weight classes?
— Chris Leben (@ChrisLebenMMA) March 3, 2017
Noooooo. Where’s Nate Diaz at #UFC209
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) March 3, 2017
Weight cutting is the biggest problem in MMA. We need a solution where we transition towards fighters competing at their actual weight.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 3, 2017
WoWWoWWoWWoWWoWWoWWoWWoWWoW Now this really fucked up @ufc I hope his ok tho #209
— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) March 3, 2017
And the LW title fight is officially off now. Feel for @TonyFergusonXT hope they give him a replacement to earn $ for his family @ufc
— Chad Laprise (@ChadLaprise) March 3, 2017
Feeling for @TonyFergusonXT right now just give him connor next and him and @TeamKhabib just ain’t ment to be #UFC209
— Steven Siler (@Stevesiler) March 3, 2017
Ah this sucks. Hoping for the best for Khabib. Sucks for Tony too. https://t.co/uLXKgfmVLO
— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) March 3, 2017
When you hear Khabib vs Ferguson is off pic.twitter.com/ont1D4mBwK
— Paul Redmond (@RedserMma) March 3, 2017
Wel u have my number..
— HECTOR URBINA (@WHATDAHECT) March 3, 2017
I know a guy.
— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) March 3, 2017
Pay me and I’ll make weight today lol https://t.co/3lKn2xgkPf
— Marc Diakiese (@Marc_Diakiese) March 3, 2017
No way!! Khabib Ferguson fight is off !! #UFC209
— scott askham (@scottaskham1) March 3, 2017
Why god why!!!! @ufc #UFC209
— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) March 3, 2017
With Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson now scrapped, Lando Vannata vs. David Teymur will feature as the new co-main event for UFC 209. The PPV takes place later tonight, March 4, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bloody Elbow will keep you updated on Nurmagomedov’s health and any possible changes to the card.