UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is expected to return and defend his title in September, ONA reports citing MMA News.
That’s according to UFC president Dana White, who addressed the undefeated Russian this week during an appearance on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast.
Nurmagomedov last fought in October 2018 when he dispatched Conor McGregor by fourth round rear naked choke to move his record to 27-0 in his career with the first defense of his lightweight championship.
Following the fight, Nurmago leaped over the cage to go after one of McGregor’s teammate and that decision cost him a $500,000 fine and a nine-month suspension courtesy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The suspension will expire in July but Nurmagomedov is expected to return in September.
“He’ll be back in September,” White stated. “It’s one of the things with him anyways, he’s on suspension and then he doesn’t fight during Ramadan. That puts him at September.”