As Khabib Nurmagomedov is serving his suspension for the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, he has made it clear that he will be out of action August. He was also fined a staggering ₹3.6 crore ($500,000) by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Initially, he had said that he won’t fight until October, but a recent change of events that saw Dustin Poirier beat Max Holloway at UFC 236 to become UFC interim lightweight champion has had Khabib wanting to fight him in September.
It is expected that Khabib will fight Poirier on September 7 at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nurmagomedov then intends to fight again in December and ultimately a super-fight with Canadian MMA legend Georges St-Pierre in April.
“He gave me very specific instructions,” Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN. “He said he wants to fight Sept. 7 and again in December. And if Georges St-Pierre can figure things out with the UFC by April, that’s the deal. He would like that fight in April.”
“The lightweight division has a lot of contenders, and we need to keep the division going,” Abdelaziz said. “Khabib has done this before. He fought [Edson Barboza], Al [Iaquinta] and Conor [McGregor] in less than one year [from December 2017 to October 2018]. If it can be Georges in April, he would love that fight. If not, it can be any contender.” [H/T – MMA Fighting]
Who do you think wins in a fight between Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov?