UFC President Dana White said that Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, which is expected to take place on January 23, will not play for the lightweight championship belt. He recalled that the belt currently belongs to Khabib Nurmagomedov, and expressed confidence that the Russian will return to the octagon.
White was asked if McGregor and Poirier would fight for the title.
“No. Khabib will fight. I’m sure he will fight. Their fight is not for the belt, ” White is quoted by MMAFighting.
Recall that 32-year-old Nurmagomedov defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in the second round, using a triangle choke. After the fight, the Russian announced his retirement. He has 29 wins in 29 MMA fights, including 13 wins in 13 UFC fights. The fight with Gatji was the first for Khabib since his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away.