Though nothing has been officially announced, it looks like Khabib Nurmagomedov is getting ready to defend his UFC lightweight title.
For weeks now the rumor has been that Nurmagomedov will put his title on the line in a unification bout with interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, but an official announcement still has not come. Nurmagomedov has not competed since submitting Conor McGregor at UFC 229, after which he started a brawl that resulted in a nine-month suspension for himself and a year-long suspension for a pair of his teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov. In solidarity with his team, Nurmagomedov had vowed not to fight until his they were allowed to fight again. But with both men receiving reduced suspensions last month, the final hurdle to Nurmagomedov’s return seems to have been cleared, and now Nurmagomedov’s stateside coach says they are getting ready to start fight camp.
On Sunday, Javier Mendez posted to Instagram where he revealed that Nurmagomedov’s fight camp for UFC 242 is about to begin.
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I have to change to fight is not official yet ♂️ but I am Excited to start camp with the @khabib_nurmagomedov should it become official for Sept 7th @ufc Abu Dhabi against a very tough challenge in Dustin Poirier. But at end of that Night it will be and Still photo credit @frujuice_athletics #family #professional #reebok #reeboksponsored
“Fight is not official yet but I am excited to start camp with [The Eagle] Khabib Nurmagomedov should it become official for Sept. 7th at Abu Dhabi against a very tough challenge in Dustin Poirier. But at the end of that night, it will be ‘And Still’.”
Poirier recently won an interim lightweight title with a unanimous decision win over Max Holloway at UFC 236. Since then, Poirier has been vocal on social media about facing Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi.
Nurmagomedov is currently in Mecca for the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan which ends on Tuesday. After that, it’s safe to say he will begin his fight preparations. Like Poirier, Nurmagomedov has been operating under the assumption they would be fighting each other in September, so it’s unclear what the delay in making the fight official is. But with both men seemingly fully invested, the announcement should be forthcoming soon.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Thank u all for the support and love it means everything ❤️— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) June 2, 2019
Honestly I don’t believe you but if you’re serious, thank you for everything. You held the division to a standard and made us better. Go kick ass with that Family.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2019
Alex, you will forever be one of the biggest players in my journey. We’ve agreed, we have argued and bickered, but ultimately you made me better. You made the sport better. You are a warrior and will be truly missed! @AlexTheMauler #ufc192 #mauler #sweden pic.twitter.com/jrMIWcbZT2— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 3, 2019
Congrats on a magnificent career @AlexTheMauler Incredible fighter and a true gentleman.— michael (@bisping) June 1, 2019
@AlexTheMauler a true #hero and a #legend in the sport! The first Swedish mma superstar. I thank you for all of your great fights— jack hermansson (@jackthejokermma) June 1, 2019
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Conor on boxing.
Boxing is great, I am going to relish another go!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 2, 2019
I challenge Juan Manuel Mayweather to a rematch.
Under the tutelage of my old club.
We’ll see then mate.
I know first hand the toughness of the Mexican chin.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 2, 2019
They come up off the floor like something out of thriller.
It is never over until it’s over with the Mexicans.
God bless them.
Congrats Andy Ruiz. pic.twitter.com/8Vquwjny6z
Also,Conor beefing with Marc Goddard.
What a great milestone in Irish MMA’s history!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 2, 2019
The behavior of Britain’s Marc Goddard in the corner that night was horrendous. Burst into the cage and attacked referee Neil Hall in between rounds.
The fight was still in play!
Crazy behavior for an up and coming referee!
Hi Conor, been a while! I refereed your very next fight after that when you became champ champ for the 1st time remember! Congratulations on all your business success inside & outside of the game that you helped change forever! Hope to see you fight again soon. Slàinte! https://t.co/WDFdRvjTaS— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) June 2, 2019
Big news coming.
Big news coming....... pic.twitter.com/i8ilvAXEo7— Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) June 1, 2019
The Drake curse is real.
If drake ever tries visit my gym he's getting roundhoused pic.twitter.com/F0brI34Ovo— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) June 2, 2019
Cris Cyborg (20-2, 1 NC) vs. Felicia Spencer (7-0); UFC 240, July 27.
Ulka Sasaki (22-6-2) vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari (25-7-4); Rizin 17, July 28.
Mikuru Asakura (10-1) vs. Yusuke Yachi (20-8); Rizin 17, July 28.
Yuki Motoya (23-6) vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo (18-4-2); Rizin 17, July 28.
Ottoman Azaitar (11-0) vs. Teemu Packalen (8-2); UFC 242, Sept. 7.
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