The showdown between UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Justin Gaethje has been anticipated for months, with the one query being when it could occur. Now the struggle date is about.

UFC president Dana White advised CNN on Tuesday that the struggle will probably be Oct. 24, with no venue introduced.

“That struggle’s going to occur,” White stated throughout an look on CNN. “Khabib vs. Gaethje, Oct. 24.”

Nurmagomedov (28-0), a 31-year-old out of Dagestan, most lately fought Sept. 7, submitting Dustin Poirier within the third spherical.

Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has paused a lot of the sports activities world, and when the UFC did return, Nurmagomedov, a Muslim, was nonetheless observing Ramadan, which meant fasting and little MMA coaching. Ramadan ended Might 23.

That very same month, Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, was hospitalized in Moscow after coronary heart surgical procedure for a preexisting situation additional sophisticated by COVID-19. He died July 3.

“It has been very tough on him,” White stated of Nurmagomedov. “Everyone is near their dad and mom and the whole lot, however his father was a hero to him. He cherished his father. That they had a really shut relationship, and it was very onerous on him.”

Gaethje (22-2), who’s 31 and fights out of Colorado, earned the interim belt and title shot with a fifth-round TKO of Tony Ferguson on Might 9.