UFC President Dana White recently suggested that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov could return to the cage in September. Speaking to the media in Russia, Nurmagomedov confirmed that this is indeed the plan, and that his potential return could occur in Abu Dhabi.
“What’s the idea behind the September comeback?” a reporter asked the champion. “Is it true you’re going to fight in Abu Dhabi?”
“We’re working on this,” Nurmagomedov replied. “UFC told me they’re working on this. I just came back from Dubai and very soon, news coming.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov also discussed a few potential opponents for his return to action. With Tony Ferguson dealing with personal issues and Georges St-Pierre retired, he sees the winner of Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier’s UFC 236 fight as the most likely option.
“[Holloway and Poirier] are fighting for the interim belt, and the champion has to face the interim champion,” he said (via RT Sport). “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.”
From the sounds of it, Khabib Nurmagomedov considers the featherweight champ Max Holloway the more interesting option of these two fighters.
“Holloway has a 13-fight winning streak, if he beats Poirier it will be 14 wins in a row, which is the longest active winning streak in the UFC, if he wins he will also be a two weight champion. Fans would also be more interested in a Holloway fight,” he said.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/2/2019.