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Nurmagomedov’s UFC belt opponent still unknown after McGregor’s NY bus assault

Possible opponents for Khabib Nurmagomedov at the moment are Al Iaquinta and Brian Ortega, the UFC press service reported
Habib Nurmagomedov AP Photo/Andre Penner
Habib Nurmagomedov
© AP Photo/Andre Penner

MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s opponent for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) lightweight championship belt bout in New York is still undecided in the wake of a bus assault by Ireland’s Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor, the UFC press service announced to TASS on Friday night.

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 Thursday night 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.

"Possible opponents for Khabib (Nurmagomedov) at the moment are Al Iaquinta and Brian Ortega," the UFC press service reported to TASS.

Russia’s Nurmagomedov was initially scheduled to fight 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.

During McGregor’s attack on the bus on Thursday, 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.

The UFC press service informed TASS that US fighter Pettis was the replacement for Holloway in the title fight against Nurmagomedov, but then added that he also failed to pass the weighing procedure.

"Pettis decided against the second weighing procedure," a source in the UFC told TASS. "It is highly possible that another opponent would be chosen for Nurmagomedov."

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 this weekend between Russia’s Habib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway of the United States.