Do you remember Khabib Nurmagomedov? He was a really good fighter. Maybe the most dynamic grappler at 155 lbs — one of MMA’s deepest divisions.
A native of Dagestan in the former Soviet Union, Nurmagomedov amassed a 22-0 record in MMA, including a 6-0 mark in the UFC.
He was the guy a lot of lightweights wanted nothing to do with.
In fact, he was the last man to defeat the current UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That bout took place back in April of 2014.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t fought since, as injuries just keep keeping him from competition.
Now, according to MMA Fighting, Nurmagomedov has pulled out of a scheduled Dec 11 bout against another rising star in Tony Ferguson due to an undisclosed injury.
This actually marks the third Nurmagomedov bout to be scheduled and then cancelled since that big win last April.
The injury is said to have taken place in Russia, where Nurmagomedov often trains. (In fact, he won a Combat SAMBO world title there prior to his MMA career.) It wasn’t at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, where he has his training camps.
Ariel Helwani explains:
And before anyone jumps to conclusions, Nurmagomedov was in Russia when he got hurt, I'm told, not AKA. He was scheduled to go to SJ nxt wk.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 30, 2015
So, there’s that. But it’s cold comfort to anyone who is a fan of the 27 year old Nurmagomedov. Or, anyone who remembers looking forward to him facing off against the likes of Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson.
Hopefully we’ll see “The Eagle” soar a little higher in 2016.