UFC president Dana White put all of his eggs in one huge lightweight basket when he booked No. 1 ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov and No. 2 ranked Tony Ferguson, for the lightweight interim title, and those eggs cracked when Khabib was hospitalized for "weight management issues," the day before the fight was to take place.
So, the question on everyone's mind is: what will happen with Khabib now?
According to White, he is just as confused as we are.
“I don’t know (what he should do)," White said during a UFC 209 post fight presser (H/T BJPenn.com). "He got within six pounds and was in really rough shape. He’s going to have to take some time to recover from this weight cut, and then I don’t know what to do.”
Khabib was pulled from the card leaving Ferguson without an opponent, and the card without a co-main event.
This isn't the first time that Khabib has had trouble with a weight cut; he missed weight when he faced Abel Trujillo at UFC 160 in 2013. That, paired with this incident, put his lightweight career under intense scrutiny. Perhaps a visit to the welterweight division is in order?
Unfortunately, because of the tough weight cut, no one is sure if the fight is going to get moved to another date, or scrapped entirely.
“To be honest with you, Khabib fought (at UFC 205) in New York in November then here in this fight,” White said. “Two back-to-back weight cuts like that. I don’t know if he can make the weight or if he needs to get a better plan (or) dietician. Something.”
Maybe Khabib will accept Tony's offer to hook him up with Mike Dolce?