In perhaps the least surprising news of this year, best UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is injured. According to reports, Nurmagomedov was forced to pull out of his Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale co-headlining bout against Tony Ferguson due to a rib injury. There are preliminary discussions but nothing is set in stone as of today. This makes it the third right fight Nurmagomedov hasn’t managed to see completion. It started with a planned UFC 178 battle against Donald Cerrone that”The Eagle” was pressured from following a knee injury. Once the bout was rescheduled for UFC 187 he reaggravated the exact same knee and he’s out of his December fight. Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought at April of 2014 because a unanimous decision victory over Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Based on how long it takes for him to recuperate from this rib setback, he is on over a two-year break until the Octagon is seen by him again. Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo — UFC Fight Night 81 While one UFC bout was cancelled, another was declared as recent winners Ross Pearson and Francisco Trinaldo have been slated to throw in Boston this upcoming January. Pearson was successful in his final bout over Paul Felder via unanimous decision despite being a hefty underdog. Trinaldo did exactly the exact same thing, winning via round TKO over Chad Laprise this past August as a massive dog. This is a fairly evenly matched fight, however, Trinaldo definitely has more momentum. The Brazilian has won four consecutive bouts and is coming off the best victory of his profession while Pearson has been unable to string any wins together in his last eight fights. While Pearson has more name recognition, it would not shock me to see Trinaldo open as the little betting popular this time around due to his recent string of success.

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