Manager: Khabib Nurmagomedov Won't be Fighting For Any "Fake Belt"

Manager: Khabib Nurmagomedov Won't be Fighting For Any

The UFC has also booked the arena for September 14 and September 15, with the fifteenth being the most likely date for the event, as it falls on a Saturday.

Nurmagomedov set his sights on UFC lightweight champion McGregor after his dominant win over Edson Barboza at UFC 219 last month.

Although it's not clear if Nurmagomedov will take part in the planned Moscow event, the 29-year-old Dagestan native hinted at "big news" to come on his Instagram page two days ago.

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If the UFC ends up having Tony Ferguson fight Khabib Nurmagomedov next, it sounds like they may need to strip Conor McGregor of the lightweight title first...

Ferguson's status as the interim champion would in most cases make him the obvious pick for a shot at McGregor's undisputed strap but with the lines between logic and insanity becoming increasingly blurred, who knows how this heated love triangle will play out. "We will fight in April first with Tony Ferguson, and then we will receive a date for a fight with McGregor". Tony Ferguson has a fake belt. UFC president Dana White spoke recently about wanting to get a lightweight title fight by March.

Earlier today, the Straight Blast Gym Ireland head coach filmed himself him watching Nurmagomedov's UFC 148 bout with Gleison Tibau, an act which led many eagle-eyed viewers to assume a fight with the No.2-ranked lightweight is on the cards. Nobody is interested in fighting for a fake belt. We have many good fighters who can fill the arena - Alexander Volkov, Gadzhimurad Antigulov, Mairbek Taisumov.

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