Khabib Nurmagomedov Agrees to Fight Donald Cerrone at UFC 178, Gets Hurt 20 Minutes Later

Written by Tom Ngo
July 18th, 2014

UFC Khabib Nurmagomedov

Donald Cerrone said he’d love to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov (pictured) – prior to blasting Jim Miller on Wednesday, mind you – and Nurmagomedov gladly accepted the challenge immediately following Cerrone’s win. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right?

Actually, it’s a match that WAS made for UFC 178.

According to UFC president Dana White, 20 minutes after Nurmagomedov agreed to face Cerrone in the September 27 event, the undefeated lightweight blew out his knee at the gym.

Obviously, the highly-anticipated scrap is now off.

Nurmagomedov owns an unblemished 22-0 professional record. “The Eagle” most recently took a unanimous decision over Rafael dos Anjos in April.

Cerrone is just two days removed from knocking out Miller with a highlight reel head kick at UFC Fight Night 45. “Cowboy” has rattled off four straight wins, finishing off all of those victims in devastating fashion.

No word on how long Nurmagomedov will be forced to ride the pine.

Here is UFC 178’s current roster:

Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard

Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson

Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes

Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero

Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jon Jones (UFC light heavyweight champion)

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