Khabib Nurmagomedov out of Saturday's UFC 209 after being hospitalized

For anyone hoping that the victor of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 would eventually face Conor McGregor in the Octagon, those hopes might have to take a back seat for a while. It's unclear as to whether or not the fight with Ferguson will be cancelled, as the UFC have yet to make an official statement on the matter.

UFC 209 has suffered a huge blow on the eve of the Las Vegas show as news emerges that the co-main event interim lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been cancelled. He was treated and has been discharged, UFC officials confirmed.

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UFC 209 emanates from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Reports coming out of Russian Federation and quoting the fighter's father said Nurmagomedov was in hospital and the fight was off. It's unclear whether or not the UFC will seek to rebook the fight at a later date. Ferguson alluded to Nurmagomedov's possible problems making weight during a faceoff between the fighters at media day on Thursday, with Ferguson telling Nurmagomedov to "have fun with that weight cut, sucking air". "I mean it, get better".

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This was the third time the fight fell through after being scheduled, only this time the stakes were higher with that coveted golden strap on the line.

While Nurmagomedov said he didn't want to talk about McGregor, he did throw out the allegation that the Irishman's UFC lightweight title win over former champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 was fixed.

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The card begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with the pay-per-view slated for a 7 p.m. start. But with McGregor still chasing a huge payday by booking a fight against Floyd Mayweather, the future UFC fight is still uncertain.

On the other hand, current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley weighed in at an even 170 pounds while his opponent in Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson came in at 169 pounds.

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