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Khabib Nurmagomedov Will Defend His UFC Lightweight Title In September

Khabib Nurmagomedov Will Defend His UFC Lightweight Title In September

Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his UFC lightweight title in September.

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The Dagestan phenom is currently serving a nine-month suspension for his actions during the post-fight brawl which marred UFC 229.

But once his ban is complete, he'll swiftly return to the famed Octagon.

Image: PA
Image: PA

UFC president Dana White has confirmed Nurmagomedov will be back in action in September.

"He'll be back in September," he said. "It's one of the things with him anyways, he's on suspension and then he doesn't fight during Ramadan. That puts him at September."

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What's more, it appears a September 7 date is in the works.

Who's next for the 27-0 fighter? Well, it probably won't be Conor McGregor who called time on his MMA career earlier this week.

"Hey guys quick announcement, I've decided to retire from the sport formally known as "Mixed Martial Art" today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas," he posted on social media.

His opponent for September will most likely be the winner between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier.

They face each other at UFC 236 on April 13 for the interim-UFC lightweight title, setting up a unification against the undefeated star.

However, there's also Tony Ferguson who's riding an impressive 11-fight win streak, which includes a decision victory over Anthony Pettis on the same bill as Nurmagomedov-McGregor.

Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have had not one but FOUR fights called off in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Who do you want to see Nurmagomedov fight next? Let us know.

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Nate Diaz, lightweight, Max Holloway, Tony Ferguson, Fight News, UFC, MMA

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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