According to reports, Khabib Nurmagomedov is out of his UFC 209 co-main event with Tony Ferguson after being hospitalized prior to weigh-ins.
Nurmagomedov was set to face off against Ferguson for the interim UFC lightweight title.
UPDATE: A UFC press release confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is off due to the orders of the doctors. Nurmagomedov has been released from the hospital, but was not medically cleared.
The full statement can be read below:
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.
The scheduled interim lightweight championship bout between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 has been cancelled on the doctor’s recommendation.
UFC 209 emanates from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm/7pm ETPT. Tyron Woodley takes on Stephen Thompson with his welterweight championship on the line in a rematch from their 2016 Fight of the Year contender at UFC 205.
UPDATE: Ariel Helwani is reporting Khabib Nurmagomedov is still in the hospital.
Ariel Helwani just stated that he is hearing Khabib is still in the hospital
— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) March 3, 2017
UPDATE: There appears to be substance to the Khabib Nurmagomedov concerns.
UFC official Jeff Novitzky just called Nevada Athletic Commission exec director Bob Bennett backstage to have a conversation at weigh-ins
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) March 3, 2017
UPDATE: An Instagram video indicates Khabib Nurmagomedov continues to cut weight, despite reports to the contrary.
UPDATE: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father says his son “may be ok.”
In report, Khabib's father mentioned that his son "may be ok" because he was taken to hospital hours ago.Explains silence from Khabib's team
— Karim Zidan | كريم زيدان (@ZidanSports) March 3, 2017
There are interesting reports surfacing prior to UFC 209.
According to Karim Zidan of Bloody Elbow, Russian media outlets co-main event participant Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will face Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title on Saturday night, was taken to the hospital hours prior to the weigh-in.
No details were provided for the reason of the report, but Nurmagomedov’s manager refused to comment.
“Russian media reporting Khabib was taken to hospital three hours before the weigh-ins. Izvestia reported news after speaking to his father,” Zidan wrote.
He added, “This is a report and has NOT been confirmed. Media members at UFC 209 will be able to make sense of this in due time.”
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto followed up, saying:
Reached out to Nurmagomedov's manager just now. He declined to comment on this report. https://t.co/nR8lcdZqWa
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 3, 2017
The official weigh-ins for UFC 209 are currently taking place in Las Vegas.
We will update you on the situation if more information becomes available. In the meantime, you can tune in to the official weigh-ins by clicking here.
UFC 209 Fight Card
|Welterweight||Tyron Woodley (c)||vs.||Stephen Thompson|
|Lightweight||Khabib Nurmagomedov||vs.||Tony Ferguson|
|Middleweight||Rashad Evans||vs.||Dan Kelly|
|Lightweight||Lando Vannata||vs.||David Teymur|
|Heavyweight||Alistair Overeem||vs.||Mark Hunt|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Heavyweight||Marcin Tybura||vs.||Luis Henrique|
|Featherweight||Mirsad Bektić||vs.||Darren Elkins|
|Bantamweight||Iuri Alcântara||vs.||Luke Sanders|
|Heavyweight||Mark Godbeer||vs.||Daniel Spitz|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Light Heavyweight||Tyson Pedro||vs.||Paul Craig|
|Women’s Strawweight||Amanda Cooper||vs.||Cynthia Calvillo|
|Bantamweight||Albert Morales||vs.||Andre Soukhamthath|