UFC's lightweight division is about to have its order restored after a turbulent few months.
With the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov suspended until July but opting to sit out until November, Dana White has ordered an interim champion to be crowned at UFC 236 in April, where Dustin Poirier and Featherweight champion Max Holloway will go one-on-one.
Nurmagomedov's suspension of course was implemented following the aftermath of his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, where he jumped the cage to brawl with McGregor's training partner Dillon Danis.
Fans will remember McGregor's insane rant towards a man named Ali Abdelaziz during the UFC 229 press conference in New York City during the photo op.
McGregor preceded to call Abdelaziz a 'terrorist snitch' and quizzed him about a person called Noah, which happened to relate to his son that he reportedly abandoned.
Abdelaziz is Nurmagomedov's manager and was increasingly outspoken of McGregor after the Irishman's Instagram post following his loss at 229, where he outlined the three key reasons as to why he was defeated.
A rematch makes the most sense from a business standpoint considering the original fight did the most pay-per-view buys in UFC history, but according to Abdelaziz, McGregor has not yet asked for another fight and doesn't expect him to.
”Conor McGregor did not ask for the rematch,” Khabib's manager told TMZ Sports, per MMA Mania.
“He don’t want to have nothing to do with the rematch. His father don’t wan’t nothing to do with rematch. His mother don’t want nothing to do with rematch. His kids. His wife. The whole country of Ireland. They don’t want to spell the word rematch. They are fear. It’s fear going around Ireland. It’s fear going around the north side of Europe.
“Conor McGregor is a broken man, he’s got all sorts of legal problems. People try to sue him. He doesn’t need any of the smoke. Like I said, if you can’t inhale the smoke, don’t talk about the smoke.”
It has been hinted that McGregor's next fight will see him take on a fan favourite in Donald Cerrone, which could be a stepping stone towards another title shot.
Abdelaziz has stated that Khabib wants the rematch for the right money, but if his statements are correct and McGregor indeed fears the Russian, we won't get the rematch anytime soon.
Don't expect this one to go away quietly though.