UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will struggle American Justin Gaethje prior to the top of the calendar 12 months, the Russian wrestler’s supervisor has showed.
Ali Abdelaziz put to mattress contemporary rumours that the undefeated global champion had retired following the loss of life of his father and trainer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
Instead he showed Nurmagomedov will come again from a duration of mourning and go back to motion towards the present period in-between champion by means of the top of 2020.
Abdelaziz, who manages each Khabib and Gaethje, instructed TMZ Sports: “Khabib is not retiring. Khabib, you know, he has some goals, he has some things to accomplish.”
Speaking on Nurmagomedov’s impending long run, Ali stated: “I’m positive Dana’s (White, UFC president) going to let everyone know when is Khabib going to struggle.
“We have a blockbuster main event: (Khabib) versus Justin Gaethje. Two of the best lightweights in the world today in the recent era.
“We see what Justin Gaethje did to his last opponent. He dismantled Tony Ferguson, he made him look an absolute amateur.”
When pressed for an actual date for the much-anticipated showdown, Ali stated it used to be “Dana White’s job” to announce fights, however he did verify it’ll be this 12 months.
He stated: “This is Dana White’s job, he’s the promoter, I don’t want to speak on his behalf, but you will see Khabib before the end of the year.
“Dana White should be the one delivering the news. It’s not my position to tell you, but everything is lovely, and you’ll see Khabib and Justin fighting before the year for sure.”
Khabib ultimate fought in September 2019 in Abu Dhabi, effectively protecting his name towards Dustin Poirier and has been left “heartbroken” by means of the loss of life of his father.
He used to be because of put his name at the line once more in a struggle with Tony Ferguson in April however used to be not able to go away Russia because of the pandemic.