The news just keeps getting worse for Khabib Nurmagomedov. On Wednesday he was forced to pull out of his UFC 187 bout against Donald Cerrone. Initial reports could not clarify what type of injury Nurmagomedov had sustained but rumors had circulated that it was a knee injury. A report on UFC Tonight on Thursday night revealed that Nurmagomedov has suffered a torn meniscus and will be out of action for 4-6 months.
The report stated that the undefeated Russian fighter tore his meniscus during a sparring session at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). Nurmagomedov is expected to undergo surgery today and begin the long road back to action.
Nurmagomedov has been out of competition for over a year now due to reoccurring knee problems. His bout at UFC 187 against Donald Cerrone was expected to be a number one contender bout. Since debuting for the UFC in 2012, Nurmagomedov has gone 6-0 with his last win coming over current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.
AKA head coach Javier Mendez told MMA Fighting that the injury was “freak accident” and went on to further explain what happened, “He was sparring and no contact was actually made. He took a step back and as he stepped back, his knee went out on him. It was the same knee, and the thing is, when he came to training, he was about 90% (recovered) so we were trying to work around the surgery. It just didn’t hold.”