The UFC will have a new lightweight champion during a end of Saturday’s UFC 223 quarrel card. That champion will possibly be Khabib Nurmagomedov or Max Holloway.
Nurmagomedov was scheduled to face halt lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, though a knee damage knocked Ferguson from a Apr 7 pay-per-view event. With only 6 days’ notice, Holloway, who binds a featherweight title, concluded to face Nurmagomedov. If Holloway wins a fight, he’ll be only a second UFC warrior to reason dual titles during a same time. The initial warrior to do so was Conor McGregor.
At this impulse McGregor binds a lightweight title. It’s believed he’ll be stripped off that pretension between now and when a initial punch is thrown on Saturday when Nurmagomedov and Holloway accommodate inside Barclays Center in a categorical eventuality of UFC 223.
Nurmagomedov, who is adored to better Holloway was asked if he would be peaceful to give McGregor a possibility to recover a pretension if he should leave Brooklyn as a UFC lightweight kingpin.
“When he fight?” Nurmagomedov asked TMZ. “No one remembers this. You have to come behind and merit this.”
With those words, Nurmagomedov pragmatic that McGregor, notwithstanding his large popularity, would not merit an evident pretension shot. After all, as Nurmagomedov positively knows, a final time McGregor fought in a UFC was Nov 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to turn a two-division champion. McGregor has never shielded that title.
McGregor claimed a featherweight climax in Dec 2015 when he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. After that win McGregor fought Nate Diaz during welterweight on dual occasions. McGregor mislaid a initial matchup by acquiescence though won a second assembly around separate decision. He was nude of that pretension shortly after he won a lightweight crown.
After he settled his disinterest in a quarrel with McGregor, Nurmagomedov suggested who he would like to quarrel should he win a lightweight title.
“After this fight, I’m gonna ask UFC, ‘Hey, Madison Square Garden, me vs. Georges St. Pierre. November. Let’s go. 155 (pounds),’” pronounced Nurmagomedov.
“This is a really good fight. Georges St-Pierre vs. me,” he continued. “For my bequest (it’s) really important. For his bequest to turn 3 weight category universe champion it’s really important. we honour Georges. He’s a biggest contestant to ever contest in a UFC, 100 percent. we go out to watch his fights, though this is sport. we quarrel for my legacy. He fights for his legacy. Let’s go.”
St-Pierre is a two-time welterweight champion. He returned from a extensive interregnum in Nov to explain a middleweight pretension with a acquiescence win over then-champion Michael Bisping. He relinquished a pretension shortly after a feat due to illness.