Khabib Has Had Another Health Issue, Which Is Why He’s Turning Down Fights Again

UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomdov continues to have issues with his health.

According to recent reports, the reason Nurmagomdov hasn’t been booked for a fight is because he underwent hernia surgery back in July.

Injuries and health issues have kept Nurmagomedov out of the Octagon for the majority of the past few years. Since 2014, Nurmagomedov has only fought three times.

With Nurmagomedov unable to fight, the UFC has decided to make an interim lightweight title fight without him. At UFC 216, on Oct. 7, fellow lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will fight for the interim championship.

Nurmagomedov is currently ranked No. 1 in the official UFC lightweight rankings. He is undefeated with 24 wins and has eight wins in the UFC.

In his last fight, Nurmagomedov submitted Michael Johnson last November. He also has wins over Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares, and former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Nurmagomedov and his team have said he will be able to fight in November, and will only fight for a championship in his next fight.