Khabib hospitalized, fight with Ferguson off UFC 209
March 3, 2017
It appears that Khabib Nurmogomedov and Tony Ferguson will never happen as Nurmogomedov was hospitalized Thursday evening and Nevada officials have called off the bout.
The fight, which was for the interim lightweight title and the right to face Conor McGregor, will not happen. Nurmogomedov was discharged per UFC officials however the fight will not go forward.
The scheduled interim lightweight championship bout between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 has been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/aFHxZH1Myx
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 3, 2017
Not only will this hurt the business-side from a PPV, attendance standpoint, but will hurt the handle at sportsbooks.
This fight had more than twice as much handle as main event. Going to be quite a few refunds for us on this one
— Matthew Holt (@MatthewHoltVP) March 3, 2017
This is disappointing as this was the third time the two were to fight but it appears that this will never happen. We have to assume that weight-cutting issues was the need for Khabib to be hospitalized. Certainly, many UFC fans wanted to see this more than the title fight between Woodley and Thompson.