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Injuries Continue To Plague The UFC As Tony Ferguson Withdraws From Khabib Fight

The latest in a long line of training injuries to hit the UFC already this year is Tony Ferguson, who was forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who himself is returning from a lengthy injury layoff.

The fight was scheduled to headline the UFC on Fox card in Florida on the 16th April. Finding a replacement for Khabib is going to be tough, as he is one of the most feared fighters at 155lbs. There aren’t going to be too many people shouting for that fight on just 10 days notice.

The UFC obviously are not overly optimistic on finding a replacement either as they have already changed the main event to Rashad Evans v. Glover Teixeira. Teixeira himself is a replacement after Evans’ original opponent ‘Shogun’ Rua pulled out of the fight through injury.

The list of injuries seems to be causing havoc with the UFC match makers as they seem to be trying to save more main events this year than ever before. These injuries follow the news of Daniel Cormier’s injury. The Velasquez and Werdum debacle and Rafael dos Anjos being forced to pull out of UFC 196(7). After such an amazing year last year with very few injuries, the UFC must be fearing a year like 2014, in which so many cards fell apart through injury.

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06:  Abel Trujillo punches Tony Ferguson in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 06: Abel Trujillo punches Tony Ferguson in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The organization seems to be protecting itself a little better these days by stacking the cards a little more but big injuries in Main Event fights are going to hurt the UFC if it continues. We hope for the health and safety of the rest of the big fights announced all the way to July.

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