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Russia’s UFC Champion Nurmagomedov eyes bout with McGregor in November

On April 8, Nurmagomedov defeated his US opponent Al Iaquinta in a five-round fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight belt
Khabib Nurmagomedov  AP Photo/Kathy Willens
Khabib Nurmagomedov
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MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. The team of Russia’s UFC World Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov eyes a possibility of organizing a fight with Ireland’s Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor this year in November in the United States, Rizvan Magomedov, the manager of the Russian fighter, told TAS on Thursday.

"There are no talks on the issue at the moment, but we are planning for Khabib to fight him (McGregor) in November," Magomedov said in an interview with TASS.

On April 8, Nurmagomedov defeated his US opponent Al Iaquinta in a five-round fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight belt in New York.

Nurmagomedov became the first Russian to be awarded the UFC champion title. The 29-year-old Russian clinched the 26th victory in his career with no defeats, while Al Iaquinta suffered his fourth defeat with 13 victories and one draw.

The Russian fighter was initially scheduled to square off with Max Holloway for the title of the UFC lightweight champion in New York, but Holloway did not pass the weighing procedure and doctors ordered him against the fight.

Three days before the bout for the champion’s title, world’s well-known mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, 29, attacked a bus filled with fighters as it was leaving after a press conference on the night April 5 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Using a metal barricade and other objects, McGregor and his accomplices smashed the windows of the bus injuring some of the passengers inside.

During McGregor’s attack on the bus on April 5, US mixed martial arts fighter Michael Chiesa, who was scheduled for a bout against his fellow American fighter Anthony Pettis, sustained cuts on his face and doctors ordered him to skip the tournament.

Last time McGregor fought in the UFC was in November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC Lightweight Champion. McGregor has a record of 16 knockouts, one submission win and 12 first-round finishes in the UFC.

However, he never attempted to defeat the title for the period of two years and the bout for the new UFC champion in lightweight category was scheduled in New York on April 8 Russia’s Habib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway of the United States.

Nurmagomedov made his UFC debut on January 20, 2012, defeating Iran’s Kamal Shalorus by submission (rear naked choke).

The encounter with Al Iaquinta was the tenth in the UFC for the Dagestani-born mixed martial arts fighter, who won all of his ten bouts.

Shortly after clinching the champion’s UFC belt on April 8, Nurmagomedov announced plans to fight with Canada’s Georges St-Pierre, who is one of the best UFC fighters in the middleweight class.