KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV is said to have held talks with Dana White about winning the UFC championship for his fighter Islam Makhachev.
After defeating Bobby Green in one round at UFC Vegas 49 at the weekend, Makhachev is in the top spot for a light belt hit.
That’s held by Charles Oliveira, who will defend his next title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7.
Makhachev is then scheduled to assume the winner.
Talking to ESPNThe 30-year-old Russian tennis player said: “I have just beaten all four of my opponents. A streak of four wins, the last 11 months I have this, and Dana [White] just called Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and talk [Islam Makhachev] will fight for the next title. “
He was then asked about a favorite location for the title fight, and he replied: “Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, I’ll be home soon.”
Makhachev is now bound with Oliveira for the longest running unbeaten streak in the UFC over ten.
His record of 22 wins and just one loss – happened in 2015 when he was KOed by Adriano Martins in just 1 minute 46 seconds of the first round.
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Khabib was then asked where he’d like to see his boxer go next, and although he already has his first pick, he’s happy any path has been reached.
Retired MMA legend said: “For UFCit would have been better if Charles Oliveira had won, an 11-win streak versus a 10-game streak.
“Justin Gaethje has so much experience and a big heart.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17803890/khabib-nurmagomedov-dana-white-islam-makhachev/ Khabib holds a secret phone conversation with Dana White about Makhachev’s UFC belt hit against lightweight champ Oliveira