Dana White hoping to see Conor McGregor return in the summer

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Nurmagomedov was furious his team-mates were punished with fines and bans, and declared he would not fight again until the UFC return to Madison Square Garden in November.

The 30-year-old was handed the six-month ban and a $50,000 fine for his part in the mass brawl with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov following the main event at UFC 229 in October. Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, claimed that his fighter will no longer compete in Las Vegas as a result of the sanctions, including the one-year suspensions given to training partners Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov.

But he has previously said he wants to book a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov later in the year. Not only did he outline his plans for Daniel Cormier should the Heavyweight Champ for three more fights, but he also pegged Tony Ferguson as the fighter most deserving of a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov's UFC title, when lightweight champion returns from suspension.

UFC 234 is barely upon us, but Dana White is already looking well into the future. "This summer, I think, right? It was really nice to hear his speech, how he praised me and said that the country was proud and was waiting to welcome me home". During an interview with Russian media outlet Sportbox, Nurmagomedov thinks Ferguson and Poirier will fight for the interim title (translated by RT Sport). "That fight's massive. We'll see what happens on Sunday (Saturday night in the U.S.) and we'll go from there".

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