Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his UFC Lightweight title against Justin Gaethje on October 24th, Dana White has announced.
The UFC president had recently told the press that there were no plans for the fight to happen anytime soon following the death of Nurmagomedov’s father last month after a battle with Covid-19.
But in an exclusive interview with CNN following the success of Fight Island, White has confirmed there is a date in place for the fight to happen later this year.
“It’s going to happen, I tell you right here, right now. That fight’s going to happen: Khabib vs. Gaethje, October 24.“
While a location has yet to be announced, there have rumours that it could happen on Fight Island should the company make the decision to return to Abu Dhabi.
Gaethje earned his undisputed title shot back in May, when he stepped in on short-notice to fight Tony Ferguson after his fight with Khabib was cancelled once again due to Covid-19. Gaethje and Ferguson battled in a five-round war, where ‘The Highlight’ came out on top and won via technical knockout.
The fight with Khabib was expected to take place in September but following the death of his father Abdulmanap, White said they were “leaving him alone” to deal with the tragedy. But Khabib has since come back online and dropped some training photos, clearly a sign he’s ready to get back to it.
With the fight now set for October 24th, both fighters will get a very long camp to train and get prepared for the biggest fight of both of their careers to date. It will represent Gaethje’s first undisputed title shot in the UFC, while Khabib will be taking on a man who has crazy power in his hands but is also capable of grappling with the greats due to his wrestling background.