The lightweight division will transfer forward with some wide fights in 2021 – with or without Khabib Nurmagomedov in the image.
UFC 257 will feature a highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in the first tournament, to boot to the octagon debut of traditional Bellator champ Michael Chandler as he takes on Dan Hooker.
On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White took part in a digital fan Q&A on ESPN+ and took fan questions be taught by Laura Sanko. One in every of the questions requested of White used to be what is subsequent for traditional intervening time champion Justin Gaethje.
“If every little thing goes correct, it would possibly well well potentially be (Charles) Oliveira,” White acknowledged.
White reiterated that earlier than Chandler used to be paired with Hooker, the UFC hoped to e book his promotional debut in opposition to Oliveira, however making 155 in consecutive months wasn’t in the cards. “Attain Bronx” is riding an eight-fight preserve streak, which involves 2020 victories over Kevin Lee in March and Tony Ferguson at UFC 256.
Gaethje captured the intervening time lightweight title with a fifth-round manufacture of Ferguson in the first tournament of UFC 249. “The Highlight” went on to face Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title and used to be submitted in the 2d round at UFC 254 in what would possibly well possibly be the undefeated champion’s finest fight.
Obviously, all of those plans would possibly well possibly change if Nurmagomedov – who’s scheduled to meet with White subsequent week in Abu Dhabi – decides to alter his thoughts.