‘Khabib’s Not Ready’ Due To Recent Hernia Surgery
An interim Lightweight championship fight beckons between two of the divisions best talents….but neither is named Khabib?
The rebooking of Tony Ferguson versus Khabib Nurmagomedov looked to be odds on favourite to happen later this year, but alas, the rebooking hasn’t materialised as ‘The Motown Phenom‘, Kevin Lee, steps up to the role of challenger alongside the guy originally slated as Khabib’s opponent back in March, Tony ‘El Cucuy‘ Ferguson.
When announcing the Ferguson-Lee fight Dana White stated in no uncertain terms ‘Khabib’s not ready‘. Dana being Dana, many determined he was lying. That opinion appeared to reinforced after a training video of Khabib smashing a sparring dummy just a day prior was posted on social media:
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 16, 2017
While the Ferguson-Lee fight announcement was well received, it left fans scratching their head a little as to why it wasn’t Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson being booked. Unfortunately for fans of the former it appears a recent surgery has rendered him ineligible to compete at the UFC’s chosen date of October 7. at UFC 216.
Life.ru (h/t Bartek Stachura) reported that Khabib had undergone a recent hernia surgery in July. The surgery was reportedly minor but compounded with recent weight cutting issues it has given the UFC cause for concern inserting Khabib in a fight a little over two months away. Ultimately it appears this was enough to convince them to take a different path. Sources told life.ru;
“Nurmagomedov in the beginning of July made an ordinary operation to remove the hernia. The procedure lasted only about half an hour and went well. Immediately after the athlete was in order”
Khabib and his management were angling for a return against Ferguson in November at UFC 217 in New York, but the UFC appeared to have other plans when it became clear they were struggling for a title fight at their UFC 216 card the month prior.
It’s uncertain whether Ferguson versus Lee will serve as the main event.