Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov likely out of UFC 187 fight with ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone
A day after the main event to UFC 187 changed, a key lightweight fight may be off as well as Khabib Nurmagomedov has suffered an injury that will likely force him out of his fight with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
Sources close to the situation confirmed the news with FOX Sports on Wednesday following an initial report from MMAJunkie.com.
The extent of the injury suffered by Nurmagomedov is not known, but sources indicated that he will likely have to drop out of the bout scheduled for May 23 in Las Vegas.
Nurmagomedov has been out of action since April 2014 dealing with a knee injury that has continued to hamper him until just recently when he was able to return to training full time.
The Dagestani fighter would have likely earned a title shot with a win over Cerrone at UFC 187, but if he does have to pull out of the fight, he will have to sit and wait once again for a chance to earn a shot at the belt.
Options appear to be limited if the UFC wants to replace Nurmagomedov with another top 10 opponent. It could also pull Cerrone from the card and try to re-book the fight at a later date.
As of yet, UFC officials have not commented on the potential change to UFC 187.
The new main event for the card will pit Anthony Johnson against Daniel Cormier to crown a new UFC light heavyweight champion after Jon Jones was stripped of the title on Tuesday.