Muslim Russian Mixed Martial Artist Khabib Nurmagomedov is all set to fight Justin Gaethje in 2020 despite the recent death of his father.
Dana White, UFC president revealed that Khabib vs Gaethje is due to take place on Fight Island on September 19 – and the highly-anticipated lightweight title clash is scheduled.
He said: “I don’t think it’s off the table. I’m just waiting to hear from him.” He added, ” I’m not messing with Khabib.”
“I’m leaving him alone until he’s ready to talk and letting him mourn and do what he has to do.
“I reached out to him the day of … I haven’t heard back from him since.”
Earlier It was revealed that Muslim Mixed Martial Artist Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson will take place despite fears that the Ultimate Fighting Club fight would be cancelled due to coronavirus.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is the first Muslim to win a UFC title in 2018.
For the fifth time, Nurmagomedov scheduled to defend his title against Tony Ferguson on April 18, 2020, at UFC.
Justin Ray Gaethje, an American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
As of June 30, 2020, he is #11 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings and is the current interim UFC Lightweight Champion.
Despite his wrestling background, Gaethje rarely looks for takedowns and known for his aggressive stand-up fighting style.
Furthermore, he has finished 19 of his 22 wins by knockout or technical knockout and has received five Fight of the Night and four Performance of the Night awards in his seven fights in the UFC.