Khabib Nurmagomedov tips UFC to stage lightweight interim title fight

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Nurmagomedov was furious his team-mates were punished with fines and bans, and declared he would not fight again until the UFC return to Madison Square Garden in November.

McGregor is now banned from fighting after the Nevada Athletic State Commission (NSAC) gave him a six-month backdated ban for the role he played in the post-fight brawls that marred his UFC 229 loss to Nurmagomedov.

Lightweight champion Nurmagomedov was given a nine-month suspension and a $500,000 fine for his actions in Las Vegas.

Standard for Cerrone. He has been perhaps the fighter most ready to fight anyone at any time for the past several years.

While incredibly noble, Nurmagomedov's decision puts a bit of a hold on the entire lightweight division.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov expects the UFC to stage a lightweight interim title fight between Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier in his absence.

UFC 234 is barely upon us, but Dana White is already looking well into the future.

Speaking with ESPN's Brett Okamoto, White was asked about Nurmagomedov's intentions and whether they may create the need for an interim title at 155. "That surprised me, but in general, he's a regular guy". "It was really nice to hear his speech, how he praised me and said that the country was proud and was waiting to welcome me home". "This summer, I think".

One of the more highly rumored fights of 2019 appears to be closer than ever to being confirmed.

"I think that could happen".

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