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UFC 187: Donald Cerrone Gets New Opponent After Khabib Nurmagomedov Withdraws

Kelsey Mowatt

John Makdessi

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s title shot run has hit another bump, as after reports surfaced that the lightweight has incurred another knee injury, the UFC has confirmed that “The Eagle” will no longer fight at UFC 187.

Stepping in for Nurmagomedov versus Donald Cerrone, will be John Makdessi, who is coming off a spectacular, stoppage win over Shane Campbell last weekend.

Now Makdessi (13-3) isn’t currently sitting atop of the lightweight division like Nurmagomedov, but if you’ve seen him fight, you know “The Bull” is a pretty, pretty talented striker. So, considering Cerrone is the same, this could turn out to be a very entertaining battle.

Cerrone (27-6) was booked for a title shot eliminator with Nurmagomedov, as a result of a seven fight winning streak, which includes wins over contenders like Jim Miller, Myles Jury, Eddie Alvarez and Benson Henderson.

The UFC announcement didn’t include any details regarding “The Eagle’s” knee injury, but according to a report from MMA Fighting, he will have it looked at further on Thursday.

UFC 187 will go down on May 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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