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Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He’ll Be Ready to Fight By July

May 6, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov is looking forward to his expected chance to face the winner of this weekend’s UFC 249, and says it could happen by July. Nurmagomedov posted in comment to an ESPN Instagram video on Wednesday (per MMAjunkie) and suggested that he would be willing to unify his lightweight title against the new interim title holder sooner than Dana White’s speculated September or October date.

Nurmagomedov wrote, “I can fight anytime, Ramadan finishes May 23. July I’m gonna be ready. Stop talking about me, this is coronatime, when Khabibtime comes I smash all of them.”

The lightweight champion was originally set to defend his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 before he had to pull out due to being stuck in Dagestan because of COVID-19-related travel restrictions. The card was eventually postponed and takes place this weekend, with Ferguson facing Justin Gaethje for the interim title.