Manny people speculate about what will be next for Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC), who is currently serving a 9-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for incident after the McGregor fight at UFC 229. UFC President Dana White has provided some informations.
“I hear these things, but Khabib hasn’t told me that (he’s going to sit out), I hear these things in the media and things like that. I haven’t heard it from Khabib, so when we talk, we’ll figure it out and we’ll see what happens.” White told MMAjunkie following the UFC 234 pre-fight press conference in Australia.
Nurmagomedov recently said that in his absence he expects the UFC to book an interim title fight in the lightweight division. He suggested a matchup between Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who has already won an interim belt once before, and Dustin Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC).
White said he is working on getting Poirier “back in there” soon, but as far as Ferguson goes, he thinks he’s the top choice to match up with Nurmagomedov.
Despite the fact Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have had fights called off in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the UFC boss said it’s hard to think of a more worthwhile fight for the belt.
“Of course Tony deserves it, He’s the No. 1 contender. He’s the guy. That’s the fight.” White said.