There’s nonetheless numerous questions relating to UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and once we’ll see him compete once more. His residence republic of Dagestan is presently being ravaged by Coronavirus, and the respiratory illness lately claimed Khabib’s father and head coach Abdulmanap at the beginning of July. Understandably, his subsequent title protection in opposition to interim champ Justin Gaethje is now in limbo. Initially scheduled for UFC 253 on September 19th, it’s now trying like Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa might be that present’s predominant occasion.

The place Khabib vs. Justin will go is unclear. And UFC president Dana White made it clear in the course of the Battle Island 2 post-event press convention that he wasn’t going to stress Nurmagomedov, and wasn’t too impressed with the press pushing the problem too.

“You simply mentioned ‘Are you gonna depart him alone … when’s he preventing?’ White remarked. “You’re asking me when he’s preventing. He’s gonna battle when he calls me.”

And to be clear, there’s no consideration relating to Khabib preserving the title whereas every little thing shakes out.

“Khabib’s dad simply died. His dad simply died. When he’s prepared, he’ll let me know.”

In response to Khabib’s supervisor and shut good friend Ali Abdelaziz, the battle will nonetheless happen earlier than the top of the 12 months.

“Khabib has some objectives to perform,” Ali informed TMZ Sports activities. “You will note him earlier than the top of the 12 months. Now him and Dana are speaking and I’m speaking to the matchmakers and we’re attempting to arrange a date. I’m positive Dana will let the followers know when Khabib will battle.”

After all, it wouldn’t be an Abdelaziz interview with out a few potshots at Conor McGregor, who ‘retired’ after the UFC refused to grant him a title eliminator battle in opposition to Gaethje. Apparently sufficient, Ali claims Khabib helps the concept of a McGregor vs. Gaethje battle whereas he takes time to course of his father’s loss of life.

“Khabib informed me to go inform Justin to battle Conor,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “Justin mentioned no. Pay attention, we dictate this. Conor proper now he generally is a backup fighter. He can go make weight and possibly make some cash, however on the finish of the day, that’s the 2 champions. He’s not even No. 3, he’s No. four or No. 5. Conor can go battle Nate or Masvidal. We’re not excited by preventing him. He must get some wins and he must battle some good opponents. I mentioned, the one approach he can battle Khabib is that if he fights Islam Makhachev, then he can battle Khabib.”

We doubt McGregor is within the #11 ranked Makhachev, who’s on a six battle win streak within the UFC and 18-1 general. In the mean time, “The Infamous” appears content material to benefit from the seashore and hold his head low till one thing shakes out within the UFC light-weight or welterweight division that makes a return worthwhile. The UFC additionally appears to be unusually okay with this, on account of Conor costing a lot cash {that a} McGregor battle with out a gate isn’t one thing they’re notably excited to placed on.

No matter goes on with McGregor, the important thing takeaway right here is that whereas September is probably not Khabib Time as initially deliberate, there could also be some smesh taking place earlier than the top of 2020. Given the circumstances, we’re very okay with that.