UFC president Dana White stated Tuesday that he expects the light-weight unification bout between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Justin Gaethje to occur on Battle Island this summer time.

“I do not know if will probably be the primary one, however will probably be on Battle Island, until miraculously the world comes again collectively sooner than I feel it is gonna,” White stated on ESPN 1000 Chicago.

White stated the infrastructure on the island is at present below building.

“Hopefully will probably be performed by mid-June, and I might placed on a struggle that weekend that it is performed or finish of June,” he stated.

Gaethje received the interim title Saturday within the UFC 249 fundamental occasion with a fifth-round stoppage of Tony Ferguson. Nurmagomedov was initially scheduled to struggle Ferguson on April 18 in Brooklyn, New York, however because the coronavirus pandemic modified the cardboard’s location and struggle lineup, Nurmagomedov stated he was caught in his native Dagestan and was changed by Gaethje.

Nurmagomedov, who’s Muslim, at present is observing the holy month of Ramadan, which this yr is from April 24 to Might 23. He trains throughout this time of fasting, however not at a degree he would for a struggle. He beforehand advised ESPN he would wish time after Ramadan to correctly prepare.

White is conscious that former two-division champ Conor McGregor known as out Gaethje on Monday on social media, however White didn’t point out that may have an effect on the present plans.

“Any time Conor McGregor is combating, it is thrilling, however yeah, I am very excited for Gaethje versus Khabib,” White stated. “I feel stylistically it is a fantastic matchup. I am trying ahead to it.”