Khabib Nurmagomedov has once again felt the wrath of the injury that has seemed to plague the sport of mixed marital arts for the last few years.

On Thursday night, it was revealed “The Eagle” had suffered a a broken rib in training camp, forcing him out of his schedule fight against fellow lightweight Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December. Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting was the first to report the news.

Nurmagomedov (22-0) has not been seen inside the Octagon since his decision victory over reining UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11 in April 2014. Since then, the Dagestani has undergone a pair surgeries to repair two separate knee injuries. He previously pulled out his number one contenders bout against Donald Cerrone, which was scheduled to take place at UFC 187 in May.

According to the report, UFC officials are now targeting Edson Barboza to replace Nurmagomedov against Ferguson.

Ferguson (19-3), winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13, will be looking seven straight victories under the UFC banner. In his most recent outing, ‘El Cucuy’ earned a dominant decision over former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomas at UFC Fight Night 71. Prior to this victory, he earned back-to-back submission wins over Gleison Tibau and Abel Trujillo. Ferguson enters this bout with a UFC record of 9-1.

Barboza (16-3) will be looking to pick up his second straight win inside the Octagon. “Junior” previously emerged victorious over Paul Felder with a very entertaining unanimous decision in July. He will enter this bout with 11 career stoppage wins, including nine by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 10-3.

The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale will take place on Dec. 11, one day before UFC 194 in Las Vegas. A featherweight contest between a pair of former title contenders in Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes will serve as the main event.

 

 

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