Khabib on UFC 209 Fallout: “This Is My Fault”
The interim lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson was one of the most anticipated of the year, so it was a huge blow when the fight was cancelled the day prior due to Nurmagomedov’s weight cutting issues. Now, Khabib has broken his silence and taking responsibility for the fight falling through.
In an interview with Russian outlet RT, the Dagestani contender talked about what he remembered about the night prior to the UFC 209 weigh-ins.
“You know I don’t remember a lot of things, to be honest,” Nurmagomedov said. “Last night (before weigh in) and I know – I am going to a hospital, I feel bad. I know that a lot of fans are upset with me about this and I agree with this guys. Because this is one of the biggest fights in Russian MMA. for me, I can make history but I am going to the hospital you know. But sometimes this happens, sometimes you can die, you know.”
“Everybody can die, everybody can (get) sick. Now I need a couple of months. Like two or three months. After three months I come for hard training and I want to fight in September.”
Early on the Friday morning ahead of UFC 209, news broke that Nurmagomedov had been taken to the hospital after falling ill during his weight cut. There, he received fluids from an IV and then was declared unfit to fight on UFC 209, cancelling the fight with Ferguson after Ferguson had already hit the scales.
Asked whether rebooking the fight against Ferguson will be the next step, Khabib was noncommittal. He did repeatedly take responsibility for the fight being cancelled at UFC 209, and pledged to make sure history does not repeat itself next time he signs to fight.
“To be honest, I don’t think about this,” Khabib said. “First of all, I have to stay healthy. This is most important. I don’t think about who fights who.
“I think this is my fault, this is my fault. I know that (my) body don’t listen to me and I think, I know, this is my fault. How can I say that this is the coach’s fault or the diet guy’s fault? This is 100% my fault.”