Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC Lightweight Champion and he claims that Poirier won a temporary belt at UFC 236.
“Poirier won a temporary belt. Temporary,” Nurmagomedov said at a fan Q&A (via Drake Riggs of BJPenn.com). “I have a real one. The only thing that attracts me in this battle is the new belt. It’s pretty. And the rival is a very good one, we cannot underestimate him, he defeated many top fighters. In the UFC they say that I will fight Poirer in a little more than five months. It is difficult to negotiate with me, I am with my principles. I hope the negotiations will go well and in September we will fight.”
Poirier and Nurmagomedov are expected to meet later this year in a title unification bout, but no date for that bout has been revealed at this time, but Nurmagomedov did say that he’d like to see the fight happen in September.
Nurmagomedov hasn’t competed since UFC 229, where he scored a fourth round submission win over former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor.