Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) canceled the interim lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, scheduled for the UFC 209 pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 4, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, after “The Eagle”was hospitalized due to illness.
The official UFC statement 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 takes place Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m./7 p.m. ET/PT. Tyron Woodley faces Stephen Thompson with his welterweight championship on the line in a rematch from their 2016 Fight of the Year contender at UFC 205.
More details on how this mess unfolded here.
No word yet on what plans UFC has for Ferguson moving forward, but “El Cucuy” will be paid his “show” purse for making weight (full weigh in results here). As for “The Eagle,” who remains hospitalized, it is unclear as to what his recovery timeline will be or if this fight will be shifted to an upcoming event.