More bad news fight fans. UFC 187 has just lost another marquee attraction.
Khabibi Nurmagomedov, the #2 ranked UFC Lightweight, has been forced to withdraw from his bout with Donald Cerrone on May 23 according to a report by MMA Junkie. Citing an anonymous source "close to the fighter" but unable to speak on the record because "they are not authorized to discuss such matters," Junkie's John Morgan went live with the story this evening.
"While the exact nature of the injury wasn't immediately revealed, additional sources indicated Nurmagomedov's knee was the culprit. An exact timetable for his return wasn't established," Morgan wrote.
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Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has been the recipient of plenty of trash talk from Khabib Nurmagomedov. With Khabib out of his fight with Donald Cerrone due to injury, Pettis went to Twitter to fire back at him.
ESPN's Brett Okamoto confirmed the news.
Confirmed Nurmagomedov out of 187, first reported by MMAJunkie. Emoji sad face.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 30, 2015
The 26-year-old Nurmagomedov is undefeated at 22-0 as a pro and 6-0 in the UFC, including a dominant win over current champ Rafael dos Anjos last year.
He was previously booked to face Cerrone at UFC 178 in September of last year but had to pull out with a knee injury. He has not fought since April of last year.
Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for updates on Cerrone's opponent.