Knee injuries have delayed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC return. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Khabib Nurmagomedov will return to the Octagon for the first time since April 2014 when he faces Tony Ferguson at "The Ultimate Fighter 22" finale.
Promotion officials announced the lightweight bout, which will not be the card’s main event, on Friday. The “TUF 22” finale takes place in Las Vegas on Dec. 11, one day prior to UFC 194. A venue has not been announced for the event.
Nurmagomedov last competed at UFC on Fox 11, when he defeated current lightweight titlist Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision. Multiple knee injuries have sidelined the Dagestani fighter since then, twice canceling proposed showdowns with current No. 1 contender Donald Cerrone. “The Eagle” is 22-0 as a professional, including six victories in the UFC.
Ferguson, the “TUF 13” winner, enters the bout on a six-fight winning streak, including a dominant unanimous verdict over Josh Thomson in his last outing on July 15. “El Cucuy’s” lone defeat in 10 Octagon appearances came against Micheal Johnson at UFC on Fox 3. He owns notable triumphs over Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo, Danny Castillo, Katsunori Kikuno and Yves Edwards, to name a few.