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UFC 209: Dana White Discusses Future of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Following Withdrawal

Kelsey Mowatt

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Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s devastating withdrawal from UFC 209, UFC boss man Dana White isn’t sure what’s next for the lightweight contender.

Nurmagomedov was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson on Saturday for the interim, lightweight title, in what many believed could be one of the best lightweight fights to date. Nurmagomedov, however, ran into serious issues while trying to cut weight, and he was not medically cleared to compete.

Well, following UFC 209, here’s some of what White had to say about the future of the galaxy class grappler (quote via MMA Junkie):

“To be honest with you, Khabib fought (at UFC 205) in New York in November then here in this fight,” White said. “Two back-to-back weight cuts like that. I don’t know if he can make the weight or if he needs to get a better plan (or) dietician. Something.

“I don’t know (what he should do). He got within six pounds and was in really rough shape. He’s going to have to take some time to recover from this weight cut, and then I don’t know what to do.”

White also reported that Nurmagomedov was suffering from pain in either his kidney or liver region, so, the UFC President thinks it could be a while before “The Eagle” fights again. Now, if Nurmagomedov does need to take an extended break, ordinarily, the UFC would likely have Ferguson wait for the champ, Conor McGregor. But, since the latter has made it clear he wants to box Floyd Mayweather next, who knows what’s going to happen with the 155 title picture.


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