07 Oct MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY – NURMAGOMEDOV INJURED AGAIN
In perhaps the news of the year, top UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is injured. Based on reports, Nurmagomedov was made to pull from his upcoming Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale co-headlining bout against Tony Ferguson because of a rib injury. There are discussions of Edson Barboza stepping in to replace him, but nothing is set in stone as of now. This makes it the third right fight Nurmagomedov has not been able to see to completion. It began with a projected UFC 178 fight against Donald Cerrone that”The Eagle” was pressured out of after a knee injury. He reaggravated the knee once the bout was rescheduled for UFC 187 and now he’s out of his December fight. Nurmagomedov has not fought since a unanimous decision victory over now-UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos at April of 2014. Based on how long it takes for him to recuperate from this rib blow off, he could be on a two-year break until that 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 are slated to throw in Boston this upcoming January. Pearson was victorious in his final bout over Paul Felder via unanimous conclusion despite being a hefty underdog. Trinaldo did the same thing, winning as a massive dog last August via round TKO over Chad Laprise. Trinaldo has more momentum, although this is a fight that is fairly evenly matched. The Brazilian has won four consecutive spells and is coming from the best success of his profession while Pearson has been unable to string any wins together in his last eight fights. Even though Pearson has more name recognition, it would not surprise me to view Trinaldo open because the little betting popular this time around due to his recent string of success.