According to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, Khabib Nurmagomedov encouraged Justin Gaethje to go struggle Conor McGregor future.
UFC president Dana White recently revealed that “The Eagle” is getting some time absent from the Octagon due to the tragic loss of life off his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He was expected to return to fighting at UFC 253 on September 19 and protect his belt versus the light-weight interim titleholder, Justin Gaethje. White has not ruled out the chance of the battle but is nonetheless ready for a callback from Nurmagomedov to see where his head is at.
With no certainty surrounding the lightweight champion’s return, it also leaves the lightweight interim winner in limbo as well. He sent a major-notch overall performance from Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on May perhaps 9. Gaethje concluded “El Cucuy” by TKO in the fifth round and set an end to his 12-battle run of consecutive victories.
Gaethje is managed by Dominance MMA, which is responsible for many stars, including his likely opponent, Nurmagomedov. According to Abdelaziz, the Dominance MMA CEO, Nurmagomedov gave Gaethje the go-forward to battle McGregor in the meantime if he needs.
However, Abdelaziz promises that Gaethje has turned down that provide.
“Justin stated no. Khabib advised me to convey to Justin to go battle Conor. Justin reported no,” Abdelaziz claimed to TMZ Sports activities.
“Conor, suitable now, he can be a backup fighter, he can go make excess weight and it’s possible he can make some revenue. Conor, he can go struggle Nate, combat Masvidal. We’re not fascinated in battling him.”
There have been various occasions exactly where Gaethje required practically nothing much more than a matchup towards the “Notorious.” He baited him with callouts and insults on social media but was still left discouraged when McGregor set his sights on other opponents this kind of as Donald Cerrone. Ali Abdelaziz also has some severe bad blood with the Irish fighter amid McGregor’s rivalry with Nurmagomedov.
Considering the fact that the former two-division winner last fought at welterweight and no lengthier holds a title, Abdelaziz sees no position in Gaethje preventing him in his future bout.
“He wants to get some wins and he needs to battle some superior opponents. I explained the only way he fights Khabib is if he fights Islam Makhachev. Then Khabib will combat him.”
Also, it is unclear if McGregor will at any time return to the Octagon right after asserting his retirement earlier this 12 months. The Irish fighter has retired multiple instances, only to build hype of his doable return and in the long run make a comeback. So, who is familiar with what the future retains for all three fighters.
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