Khabib Nurmagomedov finally has a date for his next UFC fight.
The lightweight champion was due to defend his belt against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, but was forced to pull out amid the problems surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown.
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The Eagle last fought in September, beating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, after nearly a year out following his controversial win over Conor McGregor in October 2018.
In his absence, Justin Gaethje fought and beat Ferguson to set up a mouth watering clash with Khabib.
Khabib Nurmagomedov next fight: When is it?
Khabib will take on Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 24. It will be held behind-closed-doors at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi.
Khabib’s UFC Lightweight title will be on the line.
Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris and Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier will be on the fight card for the main event.
Who is Justin Gaethje?
‘The Highlight’ beat Ferguson into a bloody pulp at UFC 249 and has an extensive background in collegiate wrestling as well as the striking skills to cause any fighter issues in the lightweight division.
On his UFC 254 clash, he said: “We’re not wrestling anymore. There’s gonna be a zone in front of me, it’s not very big.
“It’s gonna be a zone of death, and I have to represent death every time he enters this zone. That’s what I’m the best at, creating carnage. Creating car crashes.
“So my only goal when I step in there is to create as many car crashes as possible.
“Whether it be our bodies hitting, our heads hitting, our shoulders hitting, my fist hitting his head, his fist hitting my head, it doesn’t matter – I need to create car crashes because it’s the only way to beat this guy.”