Ferguson injured, pulls out of headliner for UFC on Fox in Tampa
Published on Wednesday, 4/6/16, at 12:15 a.m. Eastern.
In less than a week, injuries have hit a pair main events for UFC shows this month. First, it was Daniel Cormer’s leg injury forcing him out of his UFC 197 showdown against Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.
Then on Tuesday, Tony Ferguson had to withdraw from his lightweight matchup against Khabib Nurmagomedov due to an injury. According to Ferguson, he had blood and fluid in his lung.
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were slated to fight at UFC on Fox 19 in Tampa on April 16. This is the second time these two two have had their bout cancelled. The first time was in December of 2015 when Nurmagomedov pulled out due to a rib injury.
The UFC is currently looking for a replacement for Ferguson, who had never pulled out of a UFC bout previously.
According to tweets from Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has agreed to replace Ferguson against Nurmagomedov but only under the condition that he’ll also be allowed to fight Patrick Cote in a welterweight scrap already scheduled for June 18 at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa. Nurmagomedov-Cerrone would fight at 170 pounds, if the matchup comes to fruition.