Khabib Nurmagomedov is in negotiations over his next UFC fight and he hopes it will be held in his home country of Russia.
‘The Eagle’ returned to the Octagon earlier this month after nearly a year out following his controversial win over Conor McGregor.
He headlined UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi and successfully defended his lightweight title by submitted Dustin Poirier in the third round.
The 30-year-old is now looking to book his next bout and he has discussed his options.
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Nurmagomedov says he is ’80 per cent sure’ his next fight will take place in his native Russia.
“Negotiations are continuing with the UFC. I really want to fight in Russia,” he told Russia’s Channel 1.
“In St. Petersburg there’s a closed arena [Gazprom Arena].
“In Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium is open… I was there at the [football] World Cup final when it rained, if that kind of rain happened it would ruin an [MMA] event.
“In St. Petersburg the stadium seats 75,000 people, I could fight there. In a small arena it wouldn’t work.
“I really want to fight here, talks are continuing, I’m about 80 percent sure my next fight will be in Russia.”
Nurmagomedov added: “I don’t want to put pressure on [Dana White]. I can only give him advice.
“He sees the ratings himself, on Channel 1 [in Russia], from UFC 242, not only in Russia but around the world. I want to fight in front of the fans here.”
While rumours have swirled that Nurmagomedov could face Tony Ferguson or a rematch with McGregor next, the Russian’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has suggested otherwise.
Abdelaziz told TMZ: “As far as I know, ‘GSP’ is next. That is what I want.
“Tony doesn’t get what he wants. We get what Khabib wants, and if Khabib calls me and says he wants Georges St-Pierre, Georges St-Pierre will be next.”