UFC targeting Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Donald Cerrone but nothing set

Khabib Nurmagomedov (left) vs. Donald Cerrone (right) could be an epic fight if booked.


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The UFC has interest in booking Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Donald Cerrone, but nothing seems imminent yet, reports UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani.

No date has been set and it’s not close to being done. Cerrone told Helwani that he has already agreed to a fight, but wouldn’t say whom it’s against. Nurmagomedov’s camp is interested in a "Cowboy" matchup, but they say they have not been approached about it.

UFC president Dana White said over the weekend at UFC 172 that he wants Cerrone to take some time off, because he was rocked in a win over Edson Barboza at FOX UFC Saturday on April 19.

Meanwhile, Cerrone asked White to fill in for Vagner Rocha at the last minute against Joe Ellenberger when Rocha pulled out due to injury. White wouldn’t let him do it. Cerrone has said repeatedly he wants to fight six times this year. He’s already fought twice.

“He’s one of those guys that needs to be saved from himself," White said.

If Cerrone is available, though, Michael Johnson would love to fight him, his camp told Helwani. Johnson is coming off a unanimous decision win over Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night London on March 28. Nurmagomedov beat Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision at FOX UFC Saturday on April 19.