Khabib Nurmagomedov injures rib. Pulls out of Tony Ferguson fight.

This is getting out of hand.

Undefeated Russian and top ranked lightweight Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov has suffered an unfortunate rib injury and has pulled out of his Dec. 11th fight with Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson.

The injury comes as a huge blow to Nurmagomedov’s career after pulling out of two back to back fights with title contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone due to a torn meniscus. Nurmagomedov has not fought since last year after defeating now champ Rafael dos Anjos last April. Despite the setback, many still consider the 22-0 Russian to be one of the best in the game.

Sources close to the UFC say the promotion is now targeting Edson Barboza as a suitable replacement for the TUF 22 finale card which takes place in Las Vegas. Ferguson is riding a six-fight winning streak. The TUF 22 finale is scheduled to be headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes.

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