They were due to contest the UFC interim lightweight title
The upcoming UFC interim lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been cancelled.
It comes after the UFC confirmed that Russian fighter Nurmagomedov had been hospitalised on Thursday night due to "weight management medical issues".
The UFC 209 bout against American Ferguson was due to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 4th.
In a statement, the UFC confirmed: "UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov was transported to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Thursday evening due to weight management medical issues. He was treated and has been discharged, UFC officials confirmed.
"The scheduled interim lightweight championship bout between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 has been cancelled on the doctor’s recommendation.
"UFC 209 emanates from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm/7pm ETPT. Tyron Woodley takes on Stephen Thompson with his welterweight championship on the line in a rematch from their 2016 Fight of the Year contender at UFC 205."
Conor McGregor is the current UFC lightweight champion, although he is currently on a break from the sport. He is due to become a father in 2017.
We have updated our story with a statement from Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager:https://t.co/rfjpHL6IMg— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 3, 2017