In a frustrating blow for UFC fans, the Lightweight Division, and the fighters involved, UFC 209’s highly-anticipated co-main event for the Interim Lightweight Title has been cancelled. Khabib Nurmagomedov did not weigh-in and was deemed medically unfit to fight against Tony Ferguson. They were the two top ranked contenders in the Lightweight Division under inactive champion Conor McGregor. Rumors circulated yesterday that Nurmagomedov was hospitalized, perhaps related to his efforts to cut weight.
Keller’s Analysis: What a disappointing turn of events, with Ferguson being the primary victim. One of the more loaded main card line-ups is now reduced significantly because of this, although it’s still at the very least an average PPV line-up with the Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson Welterweight Title rematch strong enough to carry a show, plus some name-fighters also in featured fights including Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans. This is a reason UFC is always wise to have two main event caliber fights on any PPV event with a strong undercard, and not book so many events that the roster is too thin to create deep PPV line-ups.
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