- If you haven't caught one of Joe Lauzon's personal video blogs ahead of his fight, you are in luck. Lauzon, who meets Marcin Held Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 103, has released the first episode in the series.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson finally have a signed contract, as the two will meet in March at UFC 209 for the interim lightweight title. The promotion confirmed the bout for the event, serving as the co-main event.
UFC 209 takes place March 4 from Las Vegas and will feature the rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson for the welterweight title. Last year, Woodley and Thompson fought to a majority draw.
Ferguson, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, has won nine consecutive bouts, while Nurmagomedov is unbeaten in his career. The winner is likely headed for a match with champion Conor McGregor later this year to unify the belts.
- Stefan Struve-Junior dos Santos is off, as Struve confirmed surgery is in his future. The two were scheduled for a rematch later this year at UFC Fight Night from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dos Santos, a former UFC heavyweight champion, earned a win in the first meeting with Struve, who was making his Octagon debut at the time.
Bad news folks. Unfortunately I won't be able to fight in Halifax february 19, I'll be undergoing surgery to fix a torn labrum in my left shoulder tomorrow afternoon. Docter said I will be on the sideline about 4 months, and of course I'm gonna be doing my best to make it back asap. I apologize to the fans, especially the people who bought tix for the fight in Halifax, and of course the person I was scheduled to fight @junior_cigano . It's the very first time I have to pull out of a fight because of an injury and it hurts my heart to do it. I'll keep you guys up to date about the surgery tomorrow and the rehab the next couple months. As always thank you for the support!
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