Khabib vs Gaethje fight in the works for UFC 253 in September 2020
According to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Rizvan Magomedov, they are currently planning to schedule Khabib vs Gaethje fight for one of the UFC events in September 2020.
“We have an estimated timeline for Khabib vs Gaethje fight – it is September 2020. No exact date or location at this point. It’s up in the air until UFC announces their plans regarding future events and their exact dates…”
Rizvan Magomedov also noted that Khabib’s next fight will for sure be against an interim champion Justin Gaethje and not anyone else.
Justin Gaethje became an interim UFC lightweight champion after defeating Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. Gaethje stepped in to fight Tony Ferguson after Khabib vs Ferguson bout fell apart for the fifth time.
According to Dana White, after Khabib Nurmagomedov pulled out from UFC 249, UFC offered this opportunity to Conor McGregor. Conor refused to fight Ferguson as a replacement for Khabib and that’s why UFC offered it to Justin Gaethje.
UFC most recently announced UFC 252 event (Miocic vs Cormier 3 as a headliner) which is scheduled for August 15th. The following numbered event UFC 253 will be held at some point in September (either September 5, 12, or 19) and it is when Khabib vs Gaethje fight will most likely take place.