UFC interim lightweight title fight has been cancelled following weigh-in drama 4 years ago

UFC interim lightweight title fight has been cancelled following weigh-in drama

The UFC interim lightweight is off after Khabib Nurmagomedov failed to make the weigh-in deadline.

Russian media outlet Izvestia reported that Khabib Nurmagomedov was hospitalised just hours before the official weigh-ins for UFC 209.

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Meanwhile, Ferguson weighed in under the limit, tipping the scales at 154.5 lbs.

Fox Sports' Karyn Bryant then tweeted out that Nurmagomedov may have received an IV during his hospital visit. The use of IVs by UFC fighters is banned unless an exemption is granted. Bryant reported that if the fight was to go ahead, only Ferguson could win the belt.

Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson had been booked and subsequently cancelled twice before UFC 209. Khabib had pulled out with a rib injury ahead of their first scheduled fight in December 2015, then Ferguson had to pull out of their main event bout last April because he had fluid and blood in his lung.

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Khabib had only missed weight once in UFC career before this. His clash against Abel Trujillo at UFC 160 was a catchweight bout after he came in at 158.5 lbs.

After the rumours began circulating, Lando Vannata's coach put his name forward to replace the Dagestani in the main event. Vannata is set to take on Sweden's David Teymur on the main card, but had previously fought Ferguson on short notice in his promotional debut. Their first fight was a fight of the year contender for 2016.

Another man who put his name forward was former champion Eddie Alvarez, although the tone of his tweet suggests he may have been joking. He claims that he is currently 30 lbs over championship limit.

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UFC officials confirmed that the headliner had been cancelled after the weigh-in deadline had passed.

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