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06th Mar 2017

Khabib Nurmagomedov finally releases statement following UFC 209 withdrawal

The Eagle has landed

Ben Kiely

After the initial devastating news, Khabib Nurmgomedov has given everyone a positive update.

Fight fans were sent into despair on Friday when it was announced that arguably the most intriguing title fight in lightweight history had been scrapped in the 11th hour.

Grappling master Nurmagomedov was set to enter in with a pristine 24-0 record, while free-form jazz fighter Tony Ferguson was riding a nine-fight win-streak. Both warriors in the prime of their fighting career and have reached the summit of the most-populated division, but have such contrasting styles.

Ferguson successfully made weight and was ready to fight, but ‘the Eagle’ was taken to hospital to receive treatment for weight management medical issues. After the Dagstani failed to hit the scales, the UFC confirmed that the fight was off.

UFC 209 marked the third time the fantasy match-up fell through, and the second time as a result of Khabib having medical issues. With the interim lightweight strap on the line, and the staggering money, this scrappage had way more of an impact on fight fans.

To those who are still licking their wounds over being deprived of such a great fight, Nurmagomedov sends his apologies. Anyone who was still worried about his health, he’d like to inform you that he’s fine.

“Whoever you are or whatever you do, you’ll get only what God prescribed for you.”

“AlhamduliLlah for everything God gifted me for my 28 years, I got much more than I asked. I know that many people was waiting for this fight and I fail them.”

“Want to bring my apologies for all my fans, UFC and my opponent Tony.”

“My health is fine now, thanks God. These tough testing only makes me stronger.”

“Thank everyone for the support.”