Who Would Face Khabib Nurmagomedov in His Title Defense Fight?
Rumours have swirled around the internet that both camps of Khabib and Conor McGregor are already in negotiation for their anticipated fight this year. No doubt, if the deal is signed, it could be one of the biggest clashes to headline the MMA world in 2018.
The Notorious has yet to see actions in the cage since 2016. Khabib, on the other hand, last took the spotlight in the UFC 223.
Expect fireworks to explode should both return to the Octagon later this year.
But nothing is cast in stone yet.
Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Champion, revealed that the organization is not yet making plans about a McGregor fight.
“I know they [McGregor’s camp] say there are talks but we’re not talking about a fight right now. Conor has to get through July; he has to get through July. Whatever is going to happen to him in July, we’ll figure that out.”
Unless The Notorious overcomes a tough month, we will not witness him challenging Khabib for the lightweight title.
Khabib Has Back-Up Plans
But if his clash with McGregor does not come to fruition, Khabib still wants to go for a title defence with a different fighter.
The Eagle revealed in the Anatomy of a Fighter series who his next opponent should be.
“If not Conor, if not GSP [Georges St-Pierre], I think the winner of Eddie Alvarez versus Dustin Poirier. The winner deserves a title shot.”
Although he believes that a McGregor match would draw lots of money, the alternative match between either Alvarez or Poirier could also be one for the books.
However, Tony Ferguson also remains a good option for the defending champion.
“About [former interim champion] Tony Ferguson, I don’t know. He has surgery but if he can [fight], why not? Tony Ferguson is the biggest match-up for me. It is the match I want… I don’t know if he is healthy but if he is, why not?
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Khabib Nurmagomedov remains undefeated with a record of 26-0. Last April, he turned back Al Laquinta in the UFC 223 to be hailed as the undisputed lightweight champion. Can he keep his unblemished record and the UFC title alive?