Just days after he has confirmed being in talks for an upcoming title defence in September, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals the possible ground and rival to welcome him back in the Octagon.
According to the UFC’s undefeated king of the 155-lb. division, he and the esteemed mixed martial arts promotion is currently negotiating his potential comeback to the fighting cage in September.
To most UFC fans’ delight, White recently revealed that Khabib is scheduled to re-enter the Octagon later this year.
On his latest interview, the Dagestan phenom has hinted on some crucial developments on his next title defence. Khabib says he and the UFC are working on his potential comeback to headline a pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi.
“Yes, we are working on this,” Khabib confirmed during his annual meet-and-greet session with students of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics on Tuesday.
“UFC told me that they are working on this. I just came back from Dubai. And very soon news is coming. Very soon.”
According to the UFC titlist, the negotiations’ sticking point is the suspensions of his teammate and UFC featherweight Zubaira Tukgugov, and cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov who are both serving a one-year ban.
“[Tukgugov and Abubakar] either have to fight with me on the same event or before me, it is the main term of my comeback,” the 30-year-old said.
Khabib just confirmed my report about September fight on his Russian social media page called VK. He reposted a post saying "According to Dana White, Khabib's next fight will be in September" pic.twitter.com/mHa1J4Rpx7
— MMA TEAM DAGESTAN (@MMATeamDagestan) March 27, 2019
Holloway Vs Poirier
Aside from this, Khabib revealed that he will probably face the winner of the interim match between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia.
“[Holloway and Poirier] are fighting for the interim belt, and the champion has to face the interim champion,” the Russian champ revealed.
“Tony Ferguson can’t fight at the moment, (Georges) St-Pierre is retired, McGregor is retired, a boxing match with Mayweather is not happening as we couldn’t come to an agreement with UFC.”
“Holloway and Poirier are great fighters, I will fight the winner of this bout,” he added.
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