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Dana White Says Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje Targeted For September

May 14, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The UFC is aiming to unify the UFC lightweight titles with Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje in the fall, according to Dana White. White said at the post-UFC on ESPN+ 29 press conference that the unification fight, which was originally aiming for late July, will now target a September date.

“We were gonna send out bout agreements (Tuesday),” White said (per MMA Weekly). “There were a couple of weird things that happened, so it didn’t end up getting done apparently. But we’re talking about doing Gaethje vs. Khabib in September (instead of the summer). I talked to Khabib yesterday and he said September, I’m ready to go in September.”

The news comes after Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap was revealed to have been hospitalized a couple of weeks ago in Dagestan in Russia with pneumonia and flu-like symptoms and is in a coma in critical conditiion. He has been tested for COVID-19 but came up negative. White and Conor McGregor posted public statements on Wednesday expressing sympathies to the family.

Gaethje won the interim lightweight title this past weekend at UFC 249.