The UFC president said the date. The term that MMA fans have been waiting for. Lightweight champion Chabib Nurmagomedov will return to the octagon on October 24, where he will defend his invincibility and the champion’s belt. American wrestler Justin Gaethje will want to take him. Where the battle will take place has not yet been announced.
Nurmagomedov’s return was shrouded in mystery because his father had died in a Moscow hospital a few weeks ago at the age of 55 due to complications from the covid-19 infection.
“It was very harsh on him. His father was a hero to him, he loved him, they had a very close relationship,” CNN quoted UFC chief Dana White as saying.
Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has not confirmed the match yet, but White has. “The wrestling will be on October 24.” So will the American wrestler. “On October 24, there will be a chance to fulfill my destiny. Everything I have trained over the years, I can now show. I will represent my family and country, I promise you.” instagram.
After his father’s death, the Russian held mourning and it was speculated that he would ever enter the match at all, while still holding invincibility in twenty-eight duels. This idea is now dispelled.
No one knows if this will be the last battle in the cage. There is another name in the game that the Russian could meet, and that is the legend of Georges St-Pierre. Although he is already in sports retirement, he has already returned and still maintains its operating temperature even at the age of thirty-nine.
White also spoke about this hit earlier, suggesting that it could be a farewell duel for Nurmagomed. But will both fighters really want to? The first could risk invincibility if he wins on October 24, and the second would have to jump into a several-month drill on the threshold of forty.
Nurmagomedov had the last match in September last year and defeated Dustin Poirier. An equally old American has 22 victories and 2 defeats in his career. He now holds four wins in a row. Gaethje is number one in the rankings, Rus is the champion, so it will be a clash of the two best in the UFC lightweight.