“A lot of people ask me about my next fight, to be honest, I don’t know. But we talk about this with UFC it’s gonna be maybe [September 9th] or [October 6th]. I don’t know about opponent. Conor [McGregor], [Georges St-Pierre], whoever. Doesn’t matter. We’ll see.
Next couple weeks is gonna be very fun because now we get to talk about my next fight with the UFC.
I feel great, I feel good.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov is now officially the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. After defeating Al Iaquinta to earn the crown at UFC 223 in April, Nurmagomedov now finds himself waiting for his first challenger as a champion.
The option that most are expecting is that of Nurmagomedov vs the former champion, Conor McGregor.
The last time McGregor was seen in a ‘UFC related capacity’ was during fight week for UFC 223 when he attacked the fighter bus after a press conference by throwing a dolly at it. The attack was targeted towards Nurmagomedov but failed to impact him in any way.
The attack resulted in McGregor’s arrest and now his immediate future remains unknown. What we do know is that UFC president, Dana White is planning to meet with McGregor sometime soon. Coincidental timing?
When speaking during the UFC Liverpool post-fight press conference White stated that he does believe that Nurmagomedov is the fight that McGregor wants. But it all depends on what happens in McGregor’s court hearing next month.
The other name mentioned by Nurmagomedov was that of the former dual-division champion, Georges St-Pierre. Nurmagomedov spoke before his last fight that after winning the lightweight title he would want a super fight with the all-time great, St-Pierre. Meanwhile, St-Pierre has been recovering from ulcerative colitis and doesn’t want to return until he’s healthy enough. For that potential return, he wants to do something that no one else has ever done before. Winning a title in three different divisions just might be that thing.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/29/2018.