Khabib Nurmagomedov is lining up his future opponents (Picture: Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Khabib Nurmagomedov has no intention of rematching Conor McGregor anytime soon, picking out two possible opponents after he fights Dustin Poirier in September.
The UFC lightweight champion defends his title against Poirier in Abu Dhabi on 7 September, and he is already playing matchmaker for his next move after that.
The Eagle is hoping to see Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje fight in the coming months and he fancies taking on the winner, if he beats the Diamond in Abu Dhabi.
He recognises that Ferguson is the next in line for a crack at his gold, but he has a more exciting plan in mind.
‘Tony vs. Gaethje, this is interesting fight,’ Khabib told ESPN. ‘If he don’t want to wait to end of the year, why not?
Tony Ferguson beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 on 8 June (Picture: Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)‘UFC can make Gaethje vs. Tony, co-main event in Abu Dhabi. It’s gonna be a good fight, good for pay per view, I think. It’s just my opinion. But if he want to wait, he deserves this.
‘Co-main event, Justin vs. Tony, main event, me vs. Dustin, winner fights winner end of the year.’
This would delay any possible rematch between Khabib and McGregor until at least next year, which will disappoint the Irishman who is angling for another shot at the champ.
UFC president Dana White is expecting McGregor to be back in the octagon in 2019, which means it is highly unlikely to be in a title fight.
‘Conor’s in a position where he’s sitting back right now, I think waiting to see how this whole thing plays out with all these guys but he should pop up soon,’ White told BT Sport. ‘Yeah, I think we’ll see him this year.’
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