In perhaps the news of the year UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is hurt. According to reports, Nurmagomedov was made to pull out of his forthcoming Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale co-headlining bout against Tony Ferguson because of a rib injury. There are talks but as of now, nothing is set in stone. That makes it the third right fight Nurmagomedov hasn’t managed to determine to completion. It began with a projected UFC 178 battle against Donald Cerrone which”The Eagle” was pressured from following a knee injury. Once the bout was rescheduled for UFC 187 he reaggravated the knee and now he’s out of the December fight. Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought in April of 2014 because a unanimous decision victory over Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Based on the length of time it takes for him to recuperate from this rib setback, he is on over a two-year 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 down in Boston this upcoming January. Pearson was successful in his final bout over Paul Felder via unanimous conclusion despite being a heavy underdog. Trinaldo did exactly the same thing, winning as a huge dog this past August through round TKO Chad Laprise. This is a fight that is fairly evenly matched, however, Trinaldo has more momentum. The Brazilian has won four consecutive spells and is coming off the best success of his profession while Pearson has been not able 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 slight betting popular this time around because of his current series of success.

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