Dagestan native Nurmagomedov makes his first appearance inside the cage in the co-main event of UFC 219, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The man tasked with the job of welcoming Nurmagomedov back to the Octagon and ending the 29-year-old’s unbeaten run is Edson Barboza, the No.3-ranked lightweight in the world.
The contest will be Nurmagomedov’s first since his UFC 205 bout with Michael Johnson, which he won via a third round submission.
Nurmagomedov was due to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the co-main event of UFC 209 in March.
However, he was forced to withdraw from the bout due to complications with his weight cut.
Nurmagomedov’s failure to make the UFC 209 weigh-ins has led many wondering if he will have issues making weight for his fight with Barboza.
Judging from recent pictures from his head coach and manager, that won’t be the case.
Late last night, American Kickboxing head coach Javier Mendez posted a picture of Nurmagomedov to very lean his official Instagram page.
Nurmagomedov’s representative, Ali Abdelaziz posted the same picture to his own Instagram page with the accompanying caption: “You’ll see the best @khabib_nurmagomedov #whereareallthehaters.”
UFC 219 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning and is headlined by a women’s featherweight title bout between champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ and Holly Holm.