UFC President Dana White knows when he expects lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to return to the Octagon.
Speaking recently on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, White revealed that “The Eagle” will return to action in September:
“He’ll be back in September,” White said. “It’s one of the things with him anyways, he’s on suspension and then he doesn’t fight during Ramadan. That puts him at September.”
Khabib hasn’t fought since his successful 155-pound title defense in October. He submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth round of the UFC 229 main event. However, after the fight, Khabib jumped the cage and attacked McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis. This sparked a huge brawl both inside and outside of the Octagon.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) gave Khabib a $500,000 fine and a nine-month suspension for his actions. In his absence, an interim lightweight champ will be crowned at 155.
Featherweight champion Max Holloway faces Dustin Poirier in the main event of the UFC 236 PPV for the strap. The winner is expected to face Khabib for the title, seemingly in September. With Conor McGregor dealing with two separate legal issues and ‘retiring’ this week, that fight seems like a clear next choice.
Would we really be all that surprised to see McGregor reach a deal on both crimes and un-retire for one last hurrah against Khabib? Unfortunately, we would not be.