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Khabib Nurmagomedov to face newcomer Darrell Horcher at UFC on FOX 19

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UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov will remain on the UFC on FOX 19 main card in Tampa, where he'll fight the debuting Darrell Horcher.

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As MMA fans most likely know by now, Tony Ferguson is out of his highly anticipated UFC on FOX 19 main event vs. fellow lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. For those dreading the possibility of Nurmagomedov having to wait even longer to make his UFC return after 2 years of inactivity, there is some good news. While he won't remain as the headliner, Khabib will stay on the main card against newcomer Darrell Horcher, as FOX Sports' Damon Martin reported on Thursday. The fight will be contested at a 160 lbs catchweight.

Horcher (12-1) is the Cage Fury Fighting Championships lightweight champion. The 28-year-old also has fought 3 times for Bellator MMA, winning his first 2 bouts before losing a unanimous decision to Philippe Nover. After suffering the first loss of his career, Horcher signed with CFFC, where he is a perfect 5-0, with stoppage wins over Jordan Stiner and Stephen Regman in championship contests. Now the Pennsylvania native will enter the UFC by stepping up on short notice to fight one of the top 3 lightweights in the world.

Here's your updated UFC on FOX 19 main card (Saturday, April 16th), which is headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira.