In the least surprising news of the year, best UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is hurt again. According to reports, Nurmagomedov has been made to pull from his Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale co-headlining bout against Tony Ferguson because of a rib injury. There are preliminary talks of Edson Barboza stepping in to replace him, but as of today, nothing is set in stone. This makes it the third straight fight Nurmagomedov hasn’t been able to determine completion. It began with a projected UFC 178 battle against Donald Cerrone that”The Eagle” was forced out of following a knee injury. Once the bout was rescheduled for UFC 187 he reaggravated the knee and he’s from the December fight. Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought because a unanimous decision victory over Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Depending on the length of time it takes for him to recover from this rib setback, he could be on a yearlong break before the Octagon is seen by him again. Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo — UFC Fight Night 81 While one UFC bout was cancelled, another was announced as recent winners Ross Pearson and Francisco Trinaldo have been supposed to throw in Boston this upcoming January. Pearson was victorious in his final bout over Paul Felder via unanimous decision despite being a hefty underdog. Trinaldo did exactly the exact same thing, winning via initial round TKO over Chad Laprise this past August as a dog. This is a fight, but Trinaldo has more momentum. The Brazilian has won four straight bouts and is coming off the best success of his career while Pearson has been unable to string any wins together in his last eight fights. While Pearson has more name recognition, it wouldn’t shock me to see Trinaldo open because the slight betting favorite this time around because of his recent string of success.

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