UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is targeting a return to the Octagon at New York City's Madison Square Garden in November, his manager told Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
Ali Abdelaziz added
that "The Eagle" is "done" fighting in Nevada after the state's athletic commission suspended his teammates one year for their parts in the UFC 229 brawl with Conor McGregor.
Nurmagomedov was retroactively suspended nine months and fined for his role in the melee, which saw him leap out of the cage to fight a group of McGregor cohorts post-match.
Nurmagomedov will be eligible to fight again in April, but apparently plans to hold out until his teammates' bans expire.
The Russian wrestler hasn't defended his belt since retaining it with a fourth-round submission of McGregor in Las Vegas.