Khabib Nurmagomedov will come back to the Octagon to battle Justin Gaethje.
UFC President Dana White affirmed the hotly anticipated session will presently occur on October 24, following a troublesome year for the Russian warrior.
Nurmagomedov’s dad and coach, Abdulmanap, 57, kicked the bucket in a Moscow medical clinic prior this month because of difficulties coming from a Covid-19 contamination.
“It’s been harsh on him,” White said.
“His dad was a legend to him, he adored his dad, they had a cozy relationship and it was exceptionally hard on him.”
Gaethje (22-2) presents an obvious test in style for Nurmagomedov, a world-class grappler and grappler who has been remarkably fruitful on the ground.
Gaethje is an uncommon striker who demonstrated his reality class capacity in May with a fifth-round stoppage of long-lasting competitor Tony Ferguson, asserting the between time belt in an agitated triumph.
Gaethje has won four straight battles with his exciting fighting style.
The advancement didn’t report an area for the battle, yet White has said the UFC is probably not going to have fans at any occasions for the following a while.
White has recently proposed Nurmagomedov would return at Fight Island, the UFC’s protected air pocket on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island where the advancement facilitated four shows not long ago. Nurmagomedov beat Poirier in Abu Dhabi a year ago.
The UFC’s next a few occasions are booked for Las Vegas, yet Nurmagomedov was strongly disparaging of the UFC’s old neighborhood and the Nevada Athletic Commission after he was endorsed for leaving the pen and fighting in the stands.
Nurmagomedov lives in Russia, yet for the most part prepares for his battles in the Bay Area.
Nurmagomedov (28-0) holds the longest dynamic unbeaten streak in MMA, and he turned into the UFC’s lightweight hero in April 2018 by overcoming Al Iaquinta for the empty belt.
He has protected his title just twice, yet he crushed break lightweight champ Dustin Poirier by accommodation last September in his latest battle.
There had been bits of gossip that Nurmagomedov may resign from the game after the demise of his dad, however his group had recently said he would return after a time of sorrow.
Nurmagomedov got probably the greatest star at UFC 229 in October 2018 with his fourth-round stoppage of Conor McGregor and his resulting jump over the pen and into the stands to battle individuals from McGregor’s company for their apparent discourtesy.
In spite of the fact that the UFC’s compensation per-see marketing projections are private, UFC 229 is generally thought to be the most-purchased occasion in MMA history.