If the Russian remains without activity until November, the fighter will have to return his UFC championship title despite never losing inside the cage.
If Khabib Nurmagomedov remains with no action and outside the octagon until November, the Russian fighter will have to return his UFC lighweight title despite never losing inside the cage.
Khabib was fined with $500,000 and suspended for nine months after starting a fight following his victory over McGregor at UFC 229 outside the octagon.
The suspension retroactive to October was offered to be reduced to six months by the commission if the Dagestani agreed to an announcement against harassment, but according to the Russian media, he refused to do it.
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Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov's manager, said that the 155-pound champions would not return to the cage until his teammates Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, suspended too by being part of the fight, were eligible to fight again.
Dana White said that fighters couldn't wait so long when they have a title, "You can not do it, so if it's true, you're going to do that, then we'd have to find out someone else and start seeing if it's Conor McGregor-Tony Ferguson or one of these guys."
White didn't specify if the Russian would be removed of his title or if the UFC will create an interim championship since McGregor was allowed to retain his lightweight title for almost 17 months before being stripped in April.