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Umar Nurmagomedov out of Cory Sandhagen fight after reportedly suffering a shoulder injury a

11 months ago By Sports Desk

Umar Nurmagomedov has reportedly pulled out of his scheduled bout against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Nashville on August 5. The No.11-ranked bantamweight is the older brother of Bellator lightweight champion Usman Nurmagomedov and a cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

Nurmagomedov was forced out of the fight after suffering a nasty shoulder injury during his training camp. According to his manager Ali Abdelaziz, the Dagestani fighter is scheduled for surgery next week. 

The news was first reported by ‘The Schmo,’ who took to Twitter to break the development. He wrote:

“Breaking: Per sources, UFC is looking for a replacement opponent for Cory Sandhagen on August 5.”

Umar Nurmagomedov was slated to compete in his first main event after three finishes in four outings. The five-round contest was meant to be his fifth promotional outing. The 27-year-old last fought Raoni Barcelos at UFC Vegas 67. He beat the Brazilian via first-round KO. 

Meanwhile, Cory Sandhagen has won two consecutive fights following back-to-back losses to T.J. Dillashaw and Petr Yan. Sandhagen last defeated Marlon Vera via split decision at UFC on ESPN 43 in March. 


Aljamain Sterling reacts to Umar Nurmagomedov pulling out of Cory Sandhagen fight due to freak injury 

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling recently weighed in on Umar Nurmagomedov pulling out of his bout against Cory Sandhagen. The fight was set to take place on August 5 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. 

The Dagestani suffered a freak injury while training for the fight and will reportedly require surgery. Nurmagomedov uploaded a video of the incident to his social media handles which shows the nasty shoulder slip. 

Reacting to the same, Aljamain Sterling recently tweeted out his observation, stating:


“Wow. That’s freaky. Not sure if that’s chronic, but seeing a shoulder slip out right there just seems like a real freak accident.”

Interestingly, the ‘Funk Master’ also suffered a similar injury during the build-up to his fight against Henry Cejudo. The bantamweight king later revealed that he had a partially torn bicep for almost a year before his fight against ‘Triple C’ but chose to compete anyway. Sterling is set to defend his title against Sean O’Malley next at UFC 292 on August 19. 

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