UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov considered his possible rival and current UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier to be a strong fighter, while speaking at UFC press-conference in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
«This is a very strong opponent who defeated [inaudible], [Canelo] Alvarez, [Justin] Gaethje, [Anthony] Pettis,[Max] Holloway. We should not underestimate this opponent... Еще,» he said.
Khabib noted that uneasy negotiations about his return to the UFC were under way, and that in the meantime he tried to keep in a good shape and trained twice a day wherever he was.
Nurmagomedov has hold the UFC lightweight title since April 2018. In his most recent bout, the Russian defeated former champion Conor McGregor in October 2018 to retain his belt. However, Khabib received a nine-month suspension due to the mass brawl which erupted immediately following his fight with McGregor, with Poirier taking the interim belt for the division.
UFC President Dana White reportedly confirmed that Poirier's next fight would be against Khabib, with the organisation aiming for the fight to take place sometime in September.