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Donald Cerrone frustrated after three failed attempts to schedule bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC lightweight competitor Donald Cerrone is disappointed that all three attempts to schedule a match-up with Khabib Nurmagomedov have been thwarted for varying reasons.

Jared C. Tilton

After three failed attempts to schedule the match-up, Donald Cerrone is concerned that the potential clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov is simply not written in the stars.

"This is the third time him and I have signed to fight and the third time that he's pulled out," Cerrone told's Mike Bohn. "I'm kind of bummed. I was really looking forward to that fight. But hey, what are you going to do?"

Cerrone does not blame Nurmagomedov for their terrible luck. His frustration stems from a variety of external factors, including Ramadan and a torn meniscus in the Dagestan native's right knee.

"It's bad luck," Cerrone said. "(We were supposed to fight) earlier in the year. One was called off because of Ramadan or whatever he has to do for his religion. He didn't want to take the fight because it would put him during that period. The time before that I don't really remember the logistics of it. Now he's injured."

Nurmagomedov most recently defeated Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 11 before being forced onto the sidelines. The Dagestan native is 6-0 now in the UFC, and holds an impressive 22-0 record overall. While he will be absent from competition until the early part of 2015, it will be interesting to see if the bout with Cerrone ever comes to fruition.

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