Khabib Nurmagomedov Drops From UFC 209 Title Fight After Illness, UFC Confirms

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For anyone hoping that the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 would eventually face Conor McGregor in the Octagon, those hopes might have to take a back seat for a while.

Nurmagomedov was taken to the hospital on Thursday and later missed Friday’s weigh-in for the fight, leading the fight getting cancelled, according to a statement from the UFC.

“UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov was transported to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Thursday evening due to weight management medical issues. He was treated and has been discharged,” UFC officials confirmed.

UFC president Dana White had previously speculated that the winner of Nurmagomedov-Ferguson could be the next opponent for McGregor.

“We’re nowhere. We’re nowhere with it. We’re nowhere,” White told TMZ Sports. “I expect Conor’s next fight to be in the UFC, in mixed martial arts, and the winner of Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and [Tony] Ferguson.”

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