This is 10-day old news but I'm just finding it. Normagomedov is slated to defend his belt against Gaethje in September but between Khabib's mourning for his father and the ongoing coronapanic there is yet some uncertainty whether the fight will come off. MMA Mania is reporting that Khabib sent word to Gaethje's camp that if he is the cause of their fight not coming off then he would be willing to let Gaethje have a fight against McGregor (which undoubtedly would mean a YUGE payday for Justin) rather than remaining idle until Normagomedov comes available. Gaethje said he wasn't interested (presumably because McGregor doesn't have a belt to take) and would wait for Khabib.

Any Nurmagoemdov fight is worth watching but if the same Gaethje shows up who manhandled Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, that will be a barn-burner.