Khabib Nurmagomedov assumes that the winner of UFC 257’s main fight will become the new lightweight champion. From the latest statements of the legendary Dagestani fighter, it can be concluded that his plan remains the same and that Dana White will not be able to persuade him to another match at the next meeting in Abu Dhabi next month.
Consequently, Khabib expects to be officially removed from the UFC roster soon and officially which would mean that the most successful MMA promotion must go in search of his successor. And the winner of the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, who are fighting on January 23, according to Khabib, has the best chance of getting into a new direction.
Poirier and McGregor will now try to take advantage of his departure and try to get the title. They are both aware that they are currently the best in their category, and maybe a new fighter will appear soon.
In an interview with Match TV, Nurmagomedov named the three currently best lightweight fighters and revealed his expectations along the way.
"Top three fighters (easy) right now? Poirier, McGregor, and Islam Makhachev. He is not in the TOP 5 yet, but they are the best. And my belt will be taken over by the winner of the Dustin and Conor fight," Khabib said according to RT Sport's translation.
MMA Fighting immediately contacted a source close to Poirier's team and found out that there had still been no progress, ie talks about the possibility of putting the title into the game. Khabib also said he understands why White is trying to persuade him to pursue a career.
"We are in contact with Dana, but we didn't talk about leaving the belt. They want me to come back. I still spent nine years in the promotion and I didn't lose. There is a certain story, a fan base ... And when you add it all up, the intentions are clear."
"I understand them too. They offer me conditions and opponents, and in a few weeks I will meet with Dana and we will go through everything. I would not like there to be a possibility of my return, "Nurmagomedov added.
Somewhat later, Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz also spoke up. Although almost all reputable media translated Khabib's statements, in the same way, Ali claims that Nurmagomedov did not say that the winner of the match McGregor vs. Poirier will become the champion already that he will fight for the title.