Khabib Nurmagomedov has vowed to ‘smash all’ of his light-weight rivals as he targets a return to MMA on Could 23.
The Russian was initially dominated out of the primary occasion of UFC 249 in Brooklyn after being denied the appropriate to journey owing to lockdown laws in his nation.
It was advised he could not return till September as he waits for lockdown laws to be eased and for Ramadan to finish.
Nonetheless, it seems as if this self-imposed exile from the game might be nearing an finish already.
With an interim light-weight title battle scheduled between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje scheduled as a substitute on Saturday evening, ‘The Eagle’ has despatched a message to the remainder of the 155lbs division.
Feeling aggrieved by a dialogue on ESPN the place Chael Sonnen talked via potential choices involving Khabib and Irish nemesis Conor McGregor, the Dagestani grappling phenom wrote within the replies: “I can battle anytime, Ramadan finishes Could 23. July I’m gonna be prepared.
“Cease speaking about me, that is coronatime, when Khabibtime comes I smash all of them.”
Whereas it stays to be seen when the 28-Zero celebrity will return or who towards, the probability would counsel he might compete on the UFC’s fabled ‘Battle Island‘ constructed by Dana White to host worldwide fighters.
Former welterweight contender Dan Hardy informed talkSPORT it appears inevitable Khabib will face a rematch with McGregor, whereas White admitted ‘The Infamous’ is in fixed communication about returning to motion.
“Conor’s been able to battle for some time. He’s in form. He’s able to go,” the 50-year-old informed Barstool Sports activities.
“Initially, ‘Battle Island’ goes to be essential in any of those fights which are occurring with folks from exterior the nation.
“He and I have been texting. He’s asking me what date can I battle on ‘Battle Island’ and can there be followers. Conor’s asking me, Conor needs to battle.
“It kills me to do a battle with Conor with out followers. Kills me. This man’s doing virtually $20million gates.
“We’re not speaking a few particular opponent however he needs to battle. He needs to battle, it seems like he needs to battle in June and he’s asking if there can be followers there.
“There wouldn’t be followers and the battle can be both mid-June or finish of June.”