Revealed: July 29, 2020 8:26:57 am
Undefeated UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has agreed to face interim champ Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24.
UFC President Dana White introduced Nurmagomedov’s return to blended martial arts Tuesday.
Nurmagomedov (28-0) holds the longest energetic unbeaten streak in MMA, and he grew to become the UFC’s light-weight champion in April 2018 by defeating Al Iaquinta for the vacant belt. He has defended his title simply twice, however he defeated interim light-weight champ Dustin Poirier by submission final September in his most up-to-date combat.
Nurmagomedov grew to become one in every of MMA’s greatest stars at UFC 229 in October 2018 along with his fourth-round stoppage of Conor McGregor and his subsequent leap over the cage and into the stands to combat members of McGregor’s entourage for his or her perceived disrespect.
Though the UFC’s pay-per-view gross sales figures are personal, UFC 229 is extensively considered the most-bought occasion in MMA historical past.
Nurmagomedov has been in mourning this month after the dying of his father, Abdulmanap. Nurmagomedov’s camp says his father, a distinguished MMA determine and wrestler in Dagestan, died from problems of COVID-19 and coronary heart surgical procedure in early July.
Gaethje (22-2) presents a stark problem in model for Nurmagomedov, a world-class wrestler and grappler who has been terribly profitable on the bottom.
Gaethje is an distinctive striker who proved his world-class skill in Might with a fifth-round stoppage of longtime contender Tony Ferguson, claiming the interim belt in an upset victory. Gaethje has received 4 straight fights along with his sensational brawling model.
The promotion didn’t announce a location for the combat, however White has mentioned the UFC is unlikely to host followers at any occasions for the following a number of months.
White has beforehand steered Nurmagomedov would return at Struggle Island, the UFC’s safe bubble on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island the place the promotion hosted 4 exhibits earlier this month. Nurmagomedov beat Poirier in Abu Dhabi final 12 months.
The UFC’s subsequent a number of occasions are scheduled for Las Vegas, however Nurmagomedov was sharply vital of the UFC’s hometown and the Nevada Athletic Fee after he was sanctioned for leaving the cage and brawling within the stands.
Nurmagomedov lives in Russia, however normally trains for his fights within the Bay Space.
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