Though it wasn’t the fight that was planned, Russian combat specialist Khabib Nurmagomedov captured the UFC lightweight world title when he defeated Al Iaquinta on one day’s notice by way of decision.
Originally slated to face interim champion Tony Ferguson, Khabib would then agree to take on UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, with six days left to prepare, due to a Ferguson injury.
Max fell out of the bout on the day of weigh ins, and Al Iaquinta took the slot.
With both Ferguson and Max still wanting the fight, and fighters the likes of, GSP, Eddie Alvarez, and Conor McGregor also being tossed around, Khabib has his eyes on just two men.
If Khabib has his way he will return to fight either GSP or Conor McGregor, in his first title defense.
Here’s what he said on twitter live:
“A lot of people ask me about my next fight. To be honest I don’t know. I don’t know when it’s going to be. Now we talk about this with the UFC. It’s going to be maybe 9 September or 6 October. I don’t know about opponent; Conor (McGregor), GSP (Georges St-Pierre), whoever. It doesn’t matter, we’ll see.
“Next couple of weeks it’s going to be very fun because now we’re beginning to talk about my next fight with the UFC. I feel great, I feel good. Now we have Ramadan and we train only night and feeling good and great. My weight is good, my shape is good. I am always training everyday, sometimes I train two times.”
— MMA TEAM DAGESTAN (@MMATeamDagestan) May 29, 2018