Khabib Nurmagomedov Likely Out of UFC 187 Bout with Donald Cerrone

April 30, 2015
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The UFC 187 bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is in jeopardy.

An early report from indicated that Nurmagomedov was out of the fight, but a report on UFC Tonight on Wednesday indicated that the fight hadn’t been officially scrapped at the time of the show’s broadcast.

“Reports indicate that Khabib Nurmagomedov is out of his bout against Donald Cerrone at UFC 187 with a knee injury,” said host Karyn Bryant. “It is not 100-percent official. He’s going to be seeing his doctor (on Thursday).”

Khabib NurmagomedovIf Nurmagomedov is scratched from the fight, it will mark the second time that he has had to pull out of a fight with Cerrone due to a knee injury. The two were initially expected to meet at UFC 178 last September before the Russian lightweight withdrew from the bout.

The timing is extremely unfortunate, as the winner was expected to get a shot at current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos later this year.

Cerrone isn’t one to sit around and wait for a title shot to come to him, however, and he’d likely take on another fight if Nurmagomedov doesn’t get cleared. Former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson has already started campaigning hard for the fight on Twitter. So don’t expect Cerrone to sit idle.

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The UFC 187 fight card was dealt a severe blow when promotion officials stripped headliner Jon Jones of his light heavyweight championship and suspended him on Tuesday after he was charged with a felony in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, N.M. earlier this week. The new main event features Jones’ original opponent, Anthony Johnson, squaring off with Daniel Cormier for the vacant championship.

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  • snapdad

    I knew this card was too good to be true.

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    Wow, this is absolutely out of control. UFC needs to do something about this. AKA refuses to learn, they refuse to keep their fighters safe, this s— has got to stop. If AKA won’t do something about all these injuries, UFC is gonna have to start punishing them for it because this s— is ridiculous

  • uncle

    I hope the Doc will have good news to clear Khabib but if he can’t fight. put Michael Johnson in
    there with Cowboy.

  • Sarge

    anthony pettis should step in to face cerrone (if khabib is out) while josh thomson should take pettis’ spot and face myles jury. win win situation.

  • cheflacsto

    This card is falling apart. These guys never make it to fight night, and Khabib needs to shut up, he talks a lot for a guy that doesn’t fight much.

    • cheflacsto

      I don’t want to see Petis vs. Cowboy again. Petis hit him with a liver shot last time and ended the fight quick. UFC won’t make that fight anyway because if Petis wins, then what, put him back in there with the champ after he just got dominated.

      • Sarge

        JDS knocked out Cain the first time & looked what happened in the rematch & rubber match

        RDA and Pettis are both highly skilled and incredible fighters and Pettis didn’t show his full skillset in the first fight. Anything can happen in a rematch.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Khabib is as injury prone as Cain. He needs to start training more carefully.

    • shakejunt

      he does train at AKA…

    • KJK

      they should just go ahead and book Pettis vs Khabib……with the number of times these 2 pull out of fights they’d get at least 12 to 24 months of marketing out of it…..just like Weidman and Vitor.

    • taylor2008

      Thats called boxing.

  • shakejunt

    bummer, everyone was looking forward to this one. guess khabib can shut up about people ducking him now though.

    rough spot because everyone is booked up at the top of lw so they’d have to pull apart a fight. i don’t wanna see cowboy fighting someone coming off a loss unless it’s masvidal. feels to me like the only other options are to pull mj or el cucuy, but idk if either would be ready in time.

  • Dave Kenney

    I wonder how long before the Weidman fight is scrapped as well =( This card was way too good to be true.

  • KJK

    You know they put out these stacked cards (at a certain price) that generate a bunch of media and then more times than not the main card changes and we’re usually left with 1 maybe 2 decent fights to carry the card w/o a reduction in price. I don’t know about everyone else but I’m not plugging down PPV money to see Browne/Arlovski or Benavidez/Moraga….both of which are only mild free TV attractions. Hopefully Weidman holds up and Vitor stays clean! Bonus on this card is Rose on free TV!!!!

    • Groinstrike

      I’m pretty sure they create these stacked cards because they know there is a good chance that someone will have to pull out from a fight. This way they are more likely to still have a big fight to make the fight worth buying. Mine main draw was Belfort / Weidman. Jones vs Rumble was just a bonus. I don’t see the big draw for Khabib. He wins, but he wins via decisions. I want fighters who win, not competitors who score points.

      • KJK

        Yeah I can see the card stacking in case point….barely a card goes by where someone doesn’t pull out…..symptom of too many unqualified training teams / methods / coaches / etc…when’s the last time you heard of a boxer withdrawing from a fight due to injury in camp….I can’t ever remember it happening. For me Khabib wasn’t a draw….but what Cowboy might get by beating him was.

  • Hyperbole

    Allah declared jihad on that knee…