UFC 209: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson title fight cancelled

Tony Ferguson is taking the high road after an illness to Khabib Nurmagomedov forced the UFC to pull the bout from UFC 209.

He was treated and released, UFC confirmed.

The interim lightweight championship fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is the co-main event, and neither bout features a heavy favorite. He'll fight for the UFC lightweight interim title against Ferguson, who hasn't lost a fight since 2012.

UFC 209 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nurmagomedov was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Thursday night, the mixed martial arts promotion said.

According to UFC analyst Karyn Bryant, "Hearing that Khabib received IV fluids at the hospital + has not been ruled out of fight".

Ariel Helwani is now claiming that Nurmagomedov may have struggled to make weight for the event.

Nurmagomedov came into the fight with a 24-0 record and an 8-0 run in the UFC, despite a two-year absence from 2014 to 2016 because of knee injuries. It airs on PPV after preliminary bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Nurmagodemov reportedly could be seen having issues at yesterday's media day face-off with Ferguson. With the skills that both fighters have, the fight may just be as good as predicted. This is a huge blow to Saturday night's fight card, especially with UFC president Dana White saying recently that the victor could fight Conor McGregor next.

McGregor has been continually linked with a potential mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather but no deal has been finalised.

UFC 209 will be headlined by a welterweight title rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson.

On Saturday night there will be no running for either man and McGregor can cast his eye over what is effectively an elimination fight for a shot at the lightweight champion.

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