Rob Font to Replace Injured Umar Nurmagomedov in Main Event Against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Nashville

UFC bantamweight contender Rob Font has been chosen as the replacement for the injured Umar Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC Nashville, according to sources. The news was revealed on Thursday by ESPN. Font will now face off against Cory Sandhagen in what promises to be an intense showdown.

Weight and Round Details

The upcoming fight between Sandhagen and Font will be fought at a catchweight of 140 pounds, rather than the usual 135-pound division limit. Despite the change in weight, the bout will remain a five-round contest. Both fighters are expected to bring their A-game to the octagon.

Rankings and Previous Plans

ESPN has ranked Cory Sandhagen as the 5th best bantamweight fighter in the world, while Rob Font holds the 9th spot. Originally, Font was scheduled to face Song Yadong at UFC 292 in Boston on August 19. However, sources have informed that Yadong will no longer be participating in that bout due to undisclosed reasons.

Injuries and Recent Performances

Umar Nurmagomedov’s withdrawal from the upcoming fight was due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery, as confirmed by his manager, Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA. On the other hand, Cory Sandhagen is coming off two consecutive victories, including a split decision win over Marlon “Chito” Vera in March. The 31-year-old fighter has only lost to three opponents in his UFC career, all of whom were former or current champions.

Rob Font, with a record of 20 wins and 6 losses, is also coming off a recent triumph. He secured a first-round TKO against Adrian Yanez at UFC 287 in April, effectively breaking a two-fight losing streak. The 36-year-old fighter from Massachusetts has emerged victorious in five of his last seven fights overall, indicating his determination to climb up the rankings.

In summary, Rob Font has been selected to replace the injured Umar Nurmagomedov and will face Cory Sandhagen in the main event at UFC Nashville. The catchweight bout, fought at 140 pounds, will consist of five rounds. With both fighters ranked within the top 10 in the bantamweight division and coming off recent victories, fans can expect an exciting and competitive matchup in the octagon.

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