With Nurm Out, Edson Barboza vs. Tony Ferguson Still Has Real Title Implications

MMA fans felt a painful—albeit familiar—twinge when Khabib Nurmagomedov announced earlier this week that he will withdraw from his December 11 lightweight bout with Tony Ferguson.

It's hard to replace an athlete as talented and exciting as the Dagestani, but credit to UFC officials: They found the next best thing in Brazilian super striker Edson Barboza. The news came Friday afternoon from Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting. 

Even with the replacement, the bout, taking place at the...

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