Light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Justin Gaethje on 24 October, states UFC president Dana White.
The unbeaten Russian fighter, 31, has not been in the octagon given that September’s defeat of Dustin Poirier.
His daddy and coach, Abdulmanap, passed away earlier his month following complications brought on by coronavirus.
” It’s going to occur, tell you right here right now. That battle is going to happen,” White told CNN.
” It’s been extremely rough on him. His dad was a hero to him, he loved his dad, they had a really close relationship and it was very tough on him.”
American Gaethje, 31, beat Tony Ferguson in May, after Ferguson’s proposed bout with Nurmagomedov was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
White, who has been staging events on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island this month, says no venue has been verified for the battle.
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