Dana White Confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson

September 27, 2016

UFC president Dana White did the media rounds on Tuesday promoting the upcoming UFC 205 pay-per-view event on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden. During interviews with various outlets, White said that he was working on putting together a lightweight bout between top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson to be included on the New York City fight card.

During the UFC 205 press conference Tuesday afternoon, White confirmed that the bout had been finalized.

“Oh, I forgot to say this, Michael Johnson and Khabib are on this card also. How did I forget that?” he said.

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Khabib NurmagomedovNurmagomedov (23-0) was expected to face lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 or UFC 206, but the fight promotion opted to put featherweight champion Conor McGregor agaisnt Alvarez instead. Nurmagomedov returned in April after being sidelined for two years due to injuries.

Johnson (17-10) is ranked No. 6 in the 155-pound division. He’s coming off a first-round knockout win over Dustin Poirier in his last outing. A win over Nurmagomedov would put Johnson into title contention.

UFC 205 will be the first time the Las Vegas-based fight promotion has held an event in New York City. The fight card will featured three world title fights.

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