UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said on Sunday that he is considering a similar timetable for his return to the octagon. But he also wonders if the pandemic that canceled his long-awaited fight with Tony Ferguson will persist.
On his official Instagram page, Nurmagomedov posted a training photo and updated his fans on what could be next for his career. According to the translation function of the social media platform, he wrote: “But until September, it is not too far, although it is hard to believe that everything will end in September, but a serious person said: in peacetime (sic), you must prepare for war. “
Nurmagomedov has been curled up in his native Dagestan since mid-March, as a stay-at-home order remains in effect. The Russian government closed its borders earlier this month as the coronavirus spread throughout the country, and Nurmagomedov announced that it would not be able to travel to UFC 249 without a location in place for it. à la carte event.
The UFC attempted to save the series by recruiting Justin Gaethje to fight Ferguson for an interim title at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort, which resides on tribal land in Lemoore, California. But political pressure reported by California governor Gavin Newsom prompted broadcast partner UFC ESPN to request a postponement of the event.
Ferguson questioned Nurmagomedov’s willingness to fight and said he would continue to rack up wins and titles despite the fifth cancellation of the fight. On Saturday, he released an update stating that he was reducing the weight for the fight for the unfortunate title.
On April 23, Nurmagomedov will end for the month-long Ramadan. The lightweight champion trains, but at a reduced rate due to the fasting requirements of religious observance. He recently told ESPN.com that he needed 45 days to recover before he could start training at full speed.
If Nurmagomedov maintains the recent tradition, that would make August or September a potential delay for his return. Announcing his decision to take shelter there, he said the targeted UFC event for San Francisco in August was the perfect time to return.
Nurmagomedov, who recently defended his UFC 242 title last September, said his fight with Ferguson must take place to advance the light weight division after so many delays in the match.