MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY – NURMAGOMEDOV INJURED AGAIN

In perhaps the news of the year, top UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is injured again. Based on reports, Nurmagomedov has been made to pull out of his Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale co-headlining bout against Tony Ferguson due to a rib injury. There are preliminary talks of Edson Barboza stepping in to replace him, but nothing is set in stone, as of now. That makes it the third right fight Nurmagomedov hasn’t managed to see completion. It started with a planned 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 same knee and now he’s from his December fight. Nurmagomedov has not fought since a unanimous decision victory over Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Depending on how long it takes for him to recover from this rib blow off, he is on a two-year break until he sees that the Octagon 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 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 exactly the same thing, winning via first round TKO over Chad Laprise this August as a dog. This is a fight, however, Trinaldo definitely has more momentum. The Brazilian has won four straight spells and is coming off the best victory of his career while Pearson has been not able to string any wins together in his last eight fights. While Pearson has more name recognition, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Trinaldo open because the little betting popular this time around due to his recent string of success.

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