Khabib Nurmagomedov has once again been forced out of his upcoming fight. Now, according to multiple media reports, his original opponent Tony Ferguson will take on Edson Barboza. The bout will be part of the TUF 22 Finale show, which takes place Dec. 11 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Nurmagomedov is considered one of the top lightweights in the UFC. He holds an undefeated record and a victory over champion Rafael dos Anjos. However, injuries have continually delayed the Dagestani fighter’s career. He has not competed since April 19, 2014.
Barboza has been fighting exclusively in the UFC since making his debut in 2010. He holds a 10-3 record in the promotion. Barboza holds victories over the likes of Danny Castillo, Ross Pearson and Evan Dunham. In his last fight, he scored a decision victory over Paul Felder at UFC on Fox 16.
Since falling to Michael Johnson in 2012, Ferguson has gone on a six-fight winning streak. During the run, he has claimed three performance of the night bonuses. In his last outing, he picked up his biggest victory to date, a decision win over former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson. The TUF winner’s overall record stands at 19-3.
In the main event of the TUF 22 Finale, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar faces Chad Mendes in a featherweight fight. The card will also feature the finale of the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”