- UFC 249 takes place this Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced out of the main event last month.
- New reports indicate that Khabib’s next UFC fight will take place this July.
Up until fairly recently, Khabib Nurmagomedov was scheduled to take on Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 249. Unfortunately, this fight fell apart and Khabib is now back in his home country of Russia. According to new reports, Khabib’s next UFC fight may take place in July.
Some predicted it would be many months before the lightweight champion made his return to the cage. That no longer appears to be the case. Today, we’re going to look at when Khabib might return and who he could be squaring off against.
Let’s get into it!
UFC 249 Will Take Place Without Khabib Nurmagomedov
Many MMA analysts believe that Khabib Nurmagomedov is the best mixed martial artist on the planet right now, He’s 28-0 as a professional with 12 straight victories inside the UFC. Throughout his MMA run, the Dagestani fighter has faced almost no adversity.
One of the only men that people feel can give Khabib trouble is Tony Ferguson. Tony hasn’t lost since 2012 and holds wins over some of the best fighters in the sport. His elite striking and submission skills pose some serious issues for Khabib.
These two men have been scheduled to fight on five different occasions. Something has kept them from competing against each other every single time. Most recently, Khabib ended up stuck in Russia due to travel restrictions. His spot on the UFC 249 card was eventually removed.
The UFC then decided to book Justin Gaethje as his replacement. UFC 249 will now go ahead on Saturday, May 9th, in Florida. With all other major sports leagues shut down, many feel this will be the most-watched MMA event of all time.
This entire fight card is stacked from to bottom. Many are now flocking to sites like Bovada to place their bets on the outcomes. Some of these bouts are offering some serious opportunities to cash out.
No one knew when Khabib would step into the cage again. Now, it appears we have an answer.
Khabib’s Next Fight is Likely to Happen in July
To say it was a disappointment that the Tony-Khabib fight fell apart once again is a serious understatement. This is likely the most highly-anticipated fight of all time. With Tony Ferguson now taking a serious risk against Justin Gaethje this weekend, there’s a chance we will never get to see this blockbuster fight.
Fans are now eagerly awaiting news on when Nurmagomedov will fight again. Not long ago, former title challenger Chael Sonnen released a statement claiming that Khabib’s next UFC fight would likely come in September. It didn’t take long for the lightweight champion to respond.
“I can fight anytime, Ramadan finishes May 23,” Khabib wrote on his Instagram page. “July I’m gonna be ready. Stop talking about me, this is coronatime, when Khabibtime comes I smash all of them.”
Some are surprised to hear this. Khabib Nurmagomedov is known to take part in Ramadan. In the past, it’s taken Khabib at least several months after Ramadan has finished for him to return to the cage. Interestingly, he seems focused on making his comeback sometime this summer.
If Tony wins this weekend against Justin Gaethje, this is almost guaranteed to be the fight that the UFC makes. Things can change quickly in the UFC, though. There are many fighters currently working to earn a crack at the champion.
Who Will Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?
It’s hard to recall a fighter as dominant as Khabib Nurmagomedov. His wrestling and grappling game is likely the best in the sport. Almost no one has been able to even remotely give Khabib any trouble inside the cage.
A huge number of fighters want to prove they have what it takes to dethrone Khabib. That includes the two men fighting in the main event of UFC 249. Both Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje have styles that can hurt Nurmagomedov.
Some also believe that Conor McGregor will get his rematch with Khabib. These two fought in the biggest MMA fight ever held back in October of 2018. Khabib ended up winning via submission in the 4th round. Long after the fight was held, McGregor revealed he went into the bout with a serious foot injury.
Khabib’s next UFC fight could come against George St. Pierre, too. Fans and analysts have discussed this superfight for years. George has stated in the past that it’s a fight he would be interested in taking.
Hope is that Nurmagomedov manages to make it back into the cage by July. Everyone wants to see him defend his title once again. Fortunately, he has a host of top-ranked contenders ready to welcome him back into the cage.
Are you excited to see Khabib’s next UFC fight? Who do you want to see him face off against? Let us know in the comments section below.