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Khabib Nurmagomedov targeting return to defend UFC title toward end of 2018

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Who will Khabib Nurmagomedov's first title defense be against?
Conor McGregor 2 20%
Tony Ferguson 2 20%
Dustin Poirier 2 20%
Kevin Lee 3 30%
Eddie Alvarez 1 10%
Other 0 0%
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The UFC lightweight division has no shortage of potential title contenders. And it seems like it’ll have plenty of time to sort itself out before the title gets defended again.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC’s 155-pound champion, wrote Sunday in an Instagram post that he’s not planning a return to the Octagon until November or December.

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I'll guess Conor at MSG in November. It's the fight to make for the UFC right now. Conor just needs to get his shit dealt with so they can make it happen, and he has pretty much all of 2018 to do it so I'm thinking he'll be good to go by then.

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Fuck Conor ! I want Khabib vs Lee, this is a fight that really Intrigues me after watching Lee on the weekend, the gap between the two is not as great as people think, Lee's grappling is right there with Khabib and he probably has a speed and athletic edge over Khabib.

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Posted by aussiemma

Fuck Conor ! I want Khabib vs Lee, this is a fight that really Intrigues me after watching Lee on the weekend, the gap between the two is not as great as people think, Lee's grappling is right there with Khabib and he probably has a speed and athletic edge over Khabib.



lol, but that's not what the question is. It's who do you think will get the shot, not who do you want. I want it to be Tony Ferguson, but I think the UFC will make the Khabib/Conor fight happen while it's still hot.

If Eddie still doesn't want to fight Poirier, then have Tony fight one of them while Lee fights the other. Then have the winner of those two fights, fight each other for a shot at the winner of Khabib vs. Conor.

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I actually think it will be Lee. Conor seems like he has too much shit going on and he has not given any indication that he wants to fight in 2018 other than daddy Dana saying he will be. Poirier is probably most deserving just because of the amount of hard fights and wars he has been in for the company over the years. Tony vs Khabib is the match up I want to see most but who knows how long Tony will be out for....November is 6-7 months away.

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Oh yeah, Tony's going to be out for an extended period. Don't know why that slipped my mind, especially since I seen a video of him yesterday showing his rehab.

Well then maybe throw James Vick in there since Tony's out. Have Poirier vs Lee or Alvarez, and let James Vick get the one that's left. When you look at the UFC rankings, he stands out the most to me of guys most deserving to mix it up with a top 5 guy.

1 Conor McGregor
2 Tony Ferguson
3 Eddie Alvarez
4 Dustin Poirier
5 Edson Barboza
6 Kevin Lee
7 Justin Gaethje
8 Nate Diaz
9 Michael Chiesa
10 Al Iaquinta
11 James Vick
12 Anthony Pettis
13 Alexander Hernandez
14 Paul Felder
15 Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Lee will obviously crack the top 5 after that performance.

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When you see the rankings layered out like that you realise how stacked 155 is.

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And there's multiple guys just on the outside that could beat some of the top 15 on a good day. Lightweight might be the most stacked division.

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I said dp but with no real justification. Lee just lost to Tony, Dana said he's never making Tony vs khabib again, Eddie is 1.5 for his last 3 fights with a win over gaethje only, and I'm still not convinced Conor is actually going to fight again. That's about all I got

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Posted by Braden

Lightweight might be the most stacked division.



Has been for at least 5 years.

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155 is a mess.

Eagle could easily fight in end of aug or sept. He aint hurt and he wants to wait till years end. Fuck that.

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Conor fighting at MSG? good luck getting their athletic commission to sign off on that!

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Posted by TerrorofsesameST

Conor fighting at MSG? good luck getting their athletic commission to sign off on that!



It's Conor McGregor, he'll have no problem.... someone could have died in that incident and he'd still have no problem.

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Posted by prozacnation1978

155 is a mess.

Eagle could easily fight in end of aug or sept. He aint hurt and he wants to wait till years end. Fuck that.



It's because of Ramadan. We'll most likely only see Khabib fight twice a year because of it, once before Ramadan and once after.

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Lee will be the fight assuming Conor has any legal issue. If Conor cannot fight next best option is Tony but he'll be out a year or more. Follow the line and next is Lee. All this depends on what Conor does in the legal dept. I am sure Uncle Dana is trying to work his magic to make this fight in Russia. But if it doesn't work out, it's Lee. And it'll be a slaughter.

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