Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts to news of replacement opponent

By bjpenndotcom - April 8, 2016

Thursday afternoon, news broke that Khabib Nurmagomedov will now fight UFC newcomer Darrell Horcher at 160 pounds at UFC on FOX 19 later this month after Tony Ferguson was forced to withdraw from the bout.

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The announcement came as a bit of a surprise to many given the fact that Nurmagomedov is a top ranked lightweight, and Horcher, a CFFC champ, has never fought in the UFC.

Nurmagomedov took to Instagram to react to the news of his new opponent:

16 Апреля я все таки буду драться ИншаАллагь, я 2 года не дрался и мне нужно было подраться хоть с кем нибудь, вы знаете я просил топовых бойцов и всегда это делал, но что есть то есть, у меня сейчас соперник с рекордом 12:1 и я не собираюсь его недооценивать, я выйду в клетку ИншаАллагь с настроем как на чемпионский бой. Спасибо юфс что нашли соперника и сохранили мой бой на 16 апреля. Finally, I will fight on April 16 InshaAllah. I haven't fight 2 years and I need this one. I was asking for top opponents, but it is what it is. I won't underestimate my new opponent, he has solid record 12:1. I'll be preparing for him same way as for championship fight and walk to the cage with high spirit InshaAllah. Thanks UFC that find opponent for me and save a fight on April 16. #ufctampa #inshaAllahVictory #khkmmateam #reebok

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