It's going to be quite a while before we see Khabib Nurmagomedov compete inside of the Octagon next.
Cranking Conor McGregor's neck into submission clearly wasn't enough for the destructive Dagestani, as he incited the brawl following his successful target defence by leaping over the Octagon and diving right onto Dillon Danis.
His actions saw him receive a $500,000 fine and was also slapped with a nine-month suspension courtesy of the Nevada Athletic Commission. He does have the option to reduce his suspension by up to three months if he takes part in an anti-bullying campaign, but even an April return seems highly unlikely.
There needs to be an opponent, enough hype for a title fight and even a camp. When you put the holy month of Ramadan into the equation, The Eagle is more than likely going to feature in the second half of the year instead.
It's clear just how quickly the UFC moves if a champion can't fight, and now Nurmagomedov has predicted what he thinks will happen with him not fighting.
This self-imposed exile because of his team also getting fined and suspended will more than likely see the UFC crown an interim lightweight championship, with Donald Cerrone stating that he and The Notorious will be doing battle for that crown.
However, the bear-grappling lightweight king believes the UFC will create the interim version of the belt, but it'll be Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier that meet for the title.
Speaking with Russian outlet Sportbox and translated by RT Sport, he said: "I think that they will create an interim title.
“It could be between Poirier and Ferguson. Whoever wins will become the interim champion, and then at the end of the year we will fight for the real belt.
“I think that could happen. At the moment I don’t know for sure."
UFC President Dana White has stated for quite some time that El Cucuy deserves to be next in line for a UFC lightweight title fight, while nobody can deny The Diamond either after the tear he's been on recently.
With Nurmagomedov also reportedly chasing a super-fight with Georges St-Pierre, it'll be interesting to see how the UFC finds a workaround and who'll be in the championship picture.
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