Khabib Nurmagomedov out of TUF 22 Finale bout with Tony Ferguson

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UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov has suffered yet another devastating injury that will sideline him for the foreseeable future. According to a report from MMAFighting.com on Thursday night, the undefeated Russian fighter suffered a rib injury and his highly anticipated bout with rising star Tony Ferguson, which was likely set to co-headline The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, has been scrapped. Due to multiple knee injuries, Nurmagomedov (22-0) has been sidelined since his dominant win over now-champion Rafael dos Anjos in April 2014 at UFC on FOX 11. "The Eagle" also has wins over Abel Trujillo, Gleison Tibau and Thiago Tavares on his UFC record. Although not finalized, it is likely that top contender Edson Barboza will fill in on short notice to face "El Cucey" in December. After suffering an upset loss to Michael Johnson earlier this year, Barboza (16-3) got back into the winning column last month at UFC on FOX 16 with a decision over Paul Felder. The Brazilian is 3-2 over the course of two years, which also includes wins over Bobby Green and Evan Dunham, and a submission loss to future title challenger Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Ferguson (19-3) is currently riding a six-fight winning streak with stoppage wins over Tibau and Trujillo. In his most recent outing, he picked up the biggest win of his career, a dominant unanimous decision over former title challenger Josh Thomson this past July. The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale takes place live from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Dec. 11. In the main event, UFC contenders Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes clash in a five-round featherweight contest.  

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