Khabib Nurmagomedov has suggested he is aiming for an octagon return in September, when he could finally face Tony Ferguson after their fight at UFC 249 fell through due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UFC lightweight champ Khabib was forced out of his planned showdown with Ferguson on April 18 after finding himself stranded in lockdown in Russia.

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The UFC went on to book Justin Gaethje as a stand-in to face Ferguson, planning to hold the event on tribal lands in California to circumvent the issues caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

But UFC boss Dana White was last week forced to pull the plug on the event entirely, as well as postpone further UFC dates planned for a ‘fight island’ he had acquired the services of, after pressure was placed on him from broadcasting bosses at ESPN and parent company Disney.

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