It looks like the UFC’s injury bug has claimed yet another high profile victim.

On Wednesday night, it was revealed lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury in training camp, forcing him out of his high anticipated number one contender’s bout with Donald Cerrone at UFC 187. MMAJunkie was the first to report the news.

Nurmagomedov (22-0), a Sambo world champion, is currently riding a six straight win streak inside the octagon. In his most recent win, ‘The Eagle’ dominated Rafael dos Anjos en route to a unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 11 last April. This would mark Dos Anjos’ last defeat as he would eventually rattle of three straight wins, culminating in the earning the UFC lightweight championship in March.

Nurmagomedov was then scheduled to face Cerrone at UFC 178 last September before a knee injury in camps forced him out of the contest.  He currently hold 15 career stoppage wins under his belt, including eight by way of submission, and is currently the UFC record holder for most takedowns in a single UFC fight (21 takedowns on 27 attempts), which came against Abel Trujillo at UFC 160 last May.

Cerrone (27-6) is coming off a razor-thin unanimous decision over former champion Benson Henderson in the co-main event of UFC FIght Night 59 last month. This victory extended Cerrone’s already impressive six fight win streak. Prior to his this win,  ‘Cowboy’ scored back-to-back decision wins over then undefeated Myles Jury and former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. Cerrone had previously rattled off four straight stoppage victories before these two decision, earning a post fight bonus in each of them. He currently holds 19 career stoppage wins, including 15 by way of submission, and a UFC record of 14-3.

There is currently no word on the severity of Khabib’s injury or a timetable for his return. The UFC has yet to announce a new opponent for Cerrone.

UFC 187 is currently scheduled to take place on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A light heavyweight title fight between former U.S. Olympic wrestling captain Daniel COrmier and the hard hitting Anthony Johnson will serve as the headlining act of the card with a middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort taking place in the co-main event.


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