Russia's UFC Reigning Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov plans to take part in two bouts in 2019, the athlete's manager Rizvan Magomedov told TASS on Wednesday. UFC 242 takes place September 7th, in Abu Dhabi.
Nurmagomedov (27-0) has not been seen in the cage since a dominant fourth-round submission win over Conor McGregor in October of a year ago.
Nurmagomedov is set to face interim titleholder Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.
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Nurmagomedov is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Poirier won the interim championship in April from Max Holloway.
A post- fight brawl ensued, which landed Nurmagomedov a nine-month suspension. Terms of the agreement weren't disclosed. That being said, it seems Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team are still not giving up on a fight with Georges St-Pierre.
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"We have a tall order in front of us".
Poirier (25-5, 1 NC) is riding a six-fight unbeaten streak with four straight fight night bonuses to his name. If Georges comes back, we're fighting Georges and it's already been negotiated. It was announced by Dana White, via SportsCenter, that the bout has been made official. Khabib is the highest-paid athlete in the UFC and we are happy. "And one of the things Khabib is most happy about is his father will be able to corner him in Abu Dhabi".
According to United States media reports, Nurmagomedov's cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov and a teammate Zubaira Tukhugov will also compete in Abu Dhabi, with the rest of the card yet to be announced.
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