In perhaps the least surprising news of the year UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is injured. Based on reports, Nurmagomedov has been made to pull out of his Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale co-headlining bout against Tony Ferguson due to a rib injury. As of today, nothing is set in stone, although there are preliminary talks of Edson Barboza stepping in to replace him. That makes it the third straight fight Nurmagomedov has not been able to see completion. It began with a planned UFC 178 battle against Donald Cerrone which»The Eagle» was forced out of after a knee injury. When the bout was rescheduled for UFC 187, he reaggravated the exact same knee and he’s from his December fight. Nurmagomedov has not fought at April of 2014 since a unanimous decision victory over now-UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Depending on how long it takes for him to recover from this rib setback, he is on over a yearlong break until that the Octagon is seen by him again. Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo — UFC Fight Night 81 While one UFC bout was cancelled, another was announced as recent winners Ross Pearson and Francisco Trinaldo are supposed to throw in Boston this upcoming January. Pearson was victorious in his final bout over Paul Felder via unanimous decision despite being a hefty underdog. Trinaldo did the exact same thing, winning as a dog this August through round TKO Chad Laprise. This is a fight, however, Trinaldo certainly has more momentum. The Brazilian has won four straight bouts and is coming from the best victory of his profession while Pearson has been not able to string any wins together in his last eight fights. Even though Pearson has more name recognition, it would not surprise me to see Trinaldo open because the little betting favorite this time around due to his current string of success.
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