UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov plans to visit England following his fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 and wants to watch both Manchester United and Manchester City in action.

The Russian superstar defends his title on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi tonight (Saturday) against interim champion Gaethje looking to extend his perfect professional record of 28-0-0.

Khabib is confident of getting his hand raised in the Octagon and has already made plans to travel to the UK following his bout.

The 32-year-old plans to watch a lot of football and is eager to visit both Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium to watch the two Manchester clubs in action.

"After this fight I’m going to travel a lot," he told BT Sport . "I’m going to come to London. I really want to watch a lot of games. Manchester [United], Liverpool, Manchester City. I really want to come. I know they have great stadiums with big history.

"I know there’s no crowds allowed [right now], but I really want to come, maybe in November, when they have a great match."

Khabib could be referring to City's clash against title rivals Liverpool on November 7 - the first meeting between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp's side this season.

UFC last visited Manchester in 2016 when Michael Bisping defeated Dan Henderson in the early hours of the morning but the organisation could return in the next few years after plans for an indoor sports venue next to the Etihad Stadium were given the grent light by the council in September.

The arena, which will be named Co-Op Live, is expected to host mixed-martial-arts events as well as indoor music concerts.