As if losing the much-anticipated title fight between former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones an Anthony Johnson wasn't bad enough (see why here), UFC 187 -- which is scheduled for May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada -- has suffered another blow.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has been forced to bow out of his scheduled lightweight bout against Donald Cerrone after "The Eagle" suffered a knee injury during training. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie late last night (Weds., April 29, 2015) citing an anonymous source close to the situation.
This is now the second time a fight between Nurmagomedov and "Cowboy" has been scrapped, as their initial proposed fight, which was set for UFC 178 last year, was nixed after the Combat Sambo World Champion blew his knee out literally minutes after agreeing to the bout.
No word on if he aggravated the same injury or suffered a different one.
According to the report, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials are currently searching for a replacement to step up and face Cerrone (cough, Anthony Pettis, cough) on the Memorial Day weekend pay-per-view (PPV) event.
News of the injury likely didn't sit too well with UFC president Dana White, who criticized American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) for its "stone age" training methods, which includes all out wars during sparring sessions. Something White says is the cause of Cain Velasquez's injuries and extended absence from the sport.
The blow is a crucial one for Nurmagomedov, who worked tirelessly to get back into the swing of things for the better part of a year after undergoing successful surgery last July.
As it stands, UFC 187 will now feature a headlining bout between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson competing for the vacant 205-pound title. In the co-main event, Chris Weidman will finally get to defend his Middleweight strap against Vitor Belfort.
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