Final Combating Championship (UFC) light-weight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, informed the world’s largest blended martial arts (MMA) promotion that he’s not returning to the Octagon till November, as a present of solidarity for his suspended teammates, Zubaira Tukgugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov.
All three have been fined and suspended for the UFC 229 post-fight brawl final October.
However “The Eagle” will be coaxed again as early as September, if UFC is keen to offer Tukgugov and Abubakar a spot on the identical struggle card (or sooner). That’s in line with a dialog Nurmagomedov had throughout his annual meet and greet at Plekhanov Russian College of Economics.
“UFC informed me that they’re engaged on this,” Nurmagomedov informed RT Sport. “I simply got here again from Dubai. And really quickly information is coming. Very quickly. Tony Ferguson can’t struggle for the time being, (Georges) St-Pierre is retired, (Conor) McGregor is retired, a boxing match with (Floyd) Mayweather shouldn’t be occurring as we couldn’t come to an settlement with UFC. (Max) Holloway and (Dustin) Poirier are nice fighters, I’ll struggle the winner of this bout.”
Ferguson is the rightful No. 1 contender, however is affected by private issues that sidelined “El Cucuy” for the foreseeable future. McGregor, in the meantime, hung up the gloves after UFC president, Dana White, refused to offer him fairness within the promotion.
A struggle towards Mayweather would solely happen contained in the Octagon, in order that’s off the desk, and UFC wasn’t going to attend round for Nurmagomedov to make his subsequent transfer. That’s why UFC 236 will crown an interim champion and “The Eagle’s” subsequent opponent.
Anticipate an official announcement within the coming weeks.
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