Khabib: September Return Against UFC 236 Winner
Khabib Nurmagomedov is not looking to wait until October as originally reported, as the UFC lightweight champion is eyeing a return this September.
Nurmagomedov, who was suspended for his involvement in a post-fight brawl following his win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, could have had a reduced suspension, but refused after two of his teammates were suspended until November.
Speaking at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Khabib saud he was open to return in September, but only if his suspended teammates Zubaira Tukgugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov fought on the same card or earlier.
“UFC told me that they are working on this,” Nurmagomedov told RT Sport.
“I just came back from Dubai. And very soon news is coming. Very soon. Tony Ferguson can’t fight at the moment, (Georges) St-Pierre is retired, (Conor) McGregor is retired, a boxing match with (Floyd) Mayweather is not happening as we couldn’t come to an agreement with UFC. (Max) Holloway and (Dustin) Poirier are great fighters, I will fight the winner of this bout.”
With Ferguson dealing with personal issues, McGregor amidst contract negotiations and a potential legal battle, and a GSP or Mayweather fight being impossible, it leaves the door wide open for the UFC 236 headliners to face Khabib
Holloway and Poirier are set to headline UFC 236 for the vacant lightweight title and with Khabib saying he’d fight either of them in the UFC’s return to the UAE this September.