Umar Nurmagomedov won’t compete at UFC 254 in opposition to Sergei Mozorov on Combat Island after being hospitalised in Dubai.
Nurmagomedov, who’s the cousin of UFC champion Khabib, was set to make his UFC debut on the preliminary card in Abu Dhabi on October 24.
Nevertheless, information outlet TASS has confirmed the fighter was compelled to withdraw from the struggle.
“Umar Nurmagomedov was hospitalised in a hospital in Dubai with extreme flu, fever and vomiting,” the supply informed TASS.
Mozorov’s administration staff have since been knowledgeable the struggle is now off and that the UFC is looking for a substitute to maintain the Kazakhstani on the cardboard at this late discover.
Mozorov, the M-1 International bantamweight champion, was additionally set to make his debut with the UFC earlier than sickness befell the Russian prospect.
Cousin Khabib, who defends his 155lbs belt on the night time in opposition to Justin Gaethje, confirmed the sickness was attributable to a staph an infection and never flu as first feared.
He wrote on Instagram: “The previous couple of days, Umar has been in a resort with a excessive fever, which was attributable to a staphylococcal an infection.
“However regardless of this, he and our total staff have been decided that he would carry out on October 24th. This morning, earlier than our flight to Abu Dhabi, he acquired worse and was hospitalized in Dubai.
“Get nicely brother, so it was meant to be.”
The state of affairs has raised doubts over Khabib’s health heading into the bout as he skilled with Umar as a part of his staff on the similar Dubai coaching camp.