Final Preventing Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, has gone on report to say that the promotion is placing no strain on Light-weight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, to make his return to motion at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, 2020, following the passing of his father.
“The Eagle” was in talks to defend his 155-pound belt in opposition to Justin Gaethje on the occasion, which was tentatively scheduled for “Struggle Island” in Abu Dhabi. However because the timetable for Khabib’s return is unsure for the time being, it leaves Gaethje in limbo, too.
Sharing the identical administration group, Khabib and Gaethje know one another and the mutual respect is there. That’s the explanation, based on Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov not too long ago gave Gaethje the inexperienced gentle to combat Conor McGregor if he didn’t really feel like ready. It was one thing “The Spotlight” was not keen on doing.
Not even a bit bit …
“Justin mentioned no. Khabib advised me to inform Justin to go combat Conor. Justin mentioned no,” revealed Abdelaziz in a current interview with TMZ Sports activities. “Conor, proper now, he could be a again up fighter, he can go make weight and perhaps he could make some cash. Conor, he can go combat Nate, combat Masvidal. We’re not keen on preventing him.”
There was a time when Gaethje needed nothing greater than to get his palms on “Infamous.” However since he has a title combat in attain, there isn’t a level in settling for a bout in opposition to the previous UFC “champ-champ” since he isn’t holding any titles for the time being.
“He must get some wins and he must combat some good opponents,” Abdelaziz mentioned. “I mentioned the one method he fights Khabib is that if he fights Islam Makhachev. Then Khabib will combat him.”
One thing tells me McGregor wouldn’t be keen on that combat … in any respect.
For now, McGregor appears to be holding steadfast in his resolution to retire anyway, so there isn’t a lot motion on that entrance for the time being. After all, McGregor has retired quite a few instances earlier than solely to mount a comeback, so the possibilities of him preventing once more are fairly good. He did, nevertheless, have a response to Gaethje’s resolution to attend in a since-deleted tweet.
If McGregor does return to motion in 2020, it gained’t be for the 155-pound strap, as Abdelaziz says Khabib and Gaethje will combat one another earlier than 2020 is mercifully over.