Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has taken to Twitter to hint at a major announcement regarding the Dagestani fighter’s future.
The lightweight champion is fresh off the heels of his title defence against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 which resulted in a now infamous pull-apart brawl inside and outside of the octagon involving both sets of teams.
On Sunday, Khabib’s manager took to Twitter to inform fans that “big news” is coming in regards the lightweight champion’s future.
We will blow your mind big news coming @TeamKhabib ?????
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) October 28, 2018
Abdelaziz may just be trolling fans but there has been a lot of rumours floating around as to what Khabib will do next inside the octagon.
A fight with former lightweight champion Tony Ferguson could be one of the options for Khabib following El Cucuy’s impressive victory over Anthony Pettis on his return from knee surgery.
The pair had been scheduled to fight four previous times however there’s no doubt that despite their problems, a bout between the two is the logical thing to do in the lightweight division.
There has also been talk of a fight with unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather with the pair going back and forth on social media, stoking the fire of a potential bout, although that does seem like an unlikely next option for Khabib.
Or perhaps Abdelaziz may be referring to a potential fight with UFC’s newest signee from ONE FC, Ben Askren who recently called out Khabib on Twitter, requesting a bout at 165lbs.
And @TeamKhabib I’ll meet you at 165 to determine the best MMA grappler on planet earth! You just name the time and send location.
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 26, 2018
Regardless of the news, it will likely have to come within the perimeters of whatever fine or extended suspension that the NSAC decides to hand down for Khabib following the post-UFC 229 brawl with Conor McGregor.
Once the NSAC completes its investigation, it will file complaints against Khabib, McGregor and potentially other individuals involved. There is no concrete timeframe for the process.