LAS VEGAS – In a big blow to a two-title fight card, UFC 209 has lost its co-main event interim lightweight championship bout the day before the event.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) was taken to a local hospital in Las Vegas on Thursday night after experiencing issues during his weight cut to make the 155-pound title limit. UFC officials made the announcement following the official weigh-ins for the event that the fight with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) is off.
UFC officials said today that Nurmagomedov was released from the hospital, but was not medically cleared by doctors to fight on Saturday, which scrapped the bout. A UFC official told MMAjunkie following today’s official weigh-ins that it had not yet been determined which fight from the prelims will move up to the main card.
Ferguson made weight at 154.5 pounds just before 9:30 a.m. local time in Las Vegas at the official weigh-ins – but it was for naught.