Khabib Nurmagomedov has suffered a rib injury and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Tony Ferguson on the TUF 22 Finale card on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas. UFC officials announced Friday that Edson Barboza will be filling in for Nurmagomedov against Ferguson.
Barboza (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is currently ranked number six on the UFC’s official lightweight rankings, while Ferguson (19-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is ranked number eight.
Barboza last fought in July when he picked up a “Fight of the Night” win over Paul Felder at UFC on Fox 16. In his fight prior to that he had a two-fight winning streak stopped by Michael Johnson in February. The 29-year-old Brazilian kickboxer began is UFC career in 2010, but it was his wheel kick KO of Terry Etim at UFC 142 in 2012 that really put Barboza on the map as one of the division’s most dangerous.
Ferguson has to be very close to a title shot. He has six straight victories in the lightweight division, including four stoppages and three performance bonuses. The 31-year-old TUF 13 winner has already fought twice in 2015, submitting veteran gatekeeper Gleison Tibau in February at UFC 184, then defeating another veteran, Josh Thomson, via unanimous decision in July at UFC Fight Night 71.
With this latest change the TUF 22 Finale card now includes:
- Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes
- Edson Barboza vs. Tony Ferguson
- Evan Dunham vs. Joe Lauzon
- Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce
- Mirsad Bektic vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
- Joby Sanchez vs. Justin Scoggins
- Konstantin Erokhin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Stay close to www.adcombat.com as more bouts for this card will be announced in the coming weeks.