It's been a long time since UFC fans have been able to see Khabib Nurmagomedov even within the vicinity of an Octagon.
The reigning lightweight champion was suspended for nine months after his involvement in the UFC 229 fracas following his victory over Conor McGregor.
Whilst his ban expires in July, it looks as though 'The Eagle' will wait until September for his return fight.
That looks likely to be against Dustin Poirier, who captured the interim title with a victory over reigning featherweight king Max Holloway last month.
Unless Poirier defends that interim belt next month or in July, then we should see 'Diamond' against Khabib in four months time.
You'd have to label Nurmagomdeov as the clear favourite considering his past exploits inside the cage, but literally anything can happen.
Nurgamomedov doesn't shy away from fights and he's instructed his manager to compile him with a busy schedule, according to Ali Abdelaziz himself.
”He gave me very specific instructions,” Abdelaziz stated to ESPN.
“He said he wants to fight Sept. 7, and again in December. And if Georges St-Pierre can figure things out with the UFC by April, that’s the deal. He would like that fight in April.”
The name drop of St-Pierre is nothing new, that fight has been mooted for a while, but after GSP announced his retirement from the sport in February, you'd think talk would now die down.
But the fact Abdelaziz has called out the former two-weight UFC champion once again may have just thrown a spanner in the works.
The UFC refused to discuss a match between the two fighters when GSP approached the company earlier this year, which led to the Canadian to announce his retirement.
St-Pierre though has left the door open for a return should Dana White change his mind and want to make the fight, and with Brock Lesnar against Daniel Cormier falling through, you'd think White would want to make a huge, guaranteed big-money fight.
Don't expect the fight to get made, but whilst it's still being talked about, we can all still dream...News Now - Sport News