Khabib Nurmagomedov may have revealed his retirement in the Octagon this past October, however UFC president Dana White has never ever quit hope for the lightweight champion to eliminate one last time. Now, White is preparing to make another huge pitch to get Nurmagomedov back in the cage.
” I’m obviously meeting him since I believe that he must combat once again,” White informed ESPN. “Take a look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Take a look at what he’s done to every challenger he has actually faced. … I think he needs to combat again and I’m going to press him as tough as I can for one more.”
Nurmagomedov announced his retirement in a surprise relocation following his UFC 254 title defense against Gaethje. The win enhanced Nurmagomedov’s record to 29 -0. Nurmagomedov and his dad, Abdulmanap, had actually long mentioned their goal was for Khabib to retire with a best 30 -0 record. Those plans changed, Nurmagomedov said, when his daddy– who likewise acted as the champ’s coach for his whole profession– passed away due to COVID-19 complications over the summer season.
” This was my last battle,” Khabib Nurmagomedov stated following his win over Gaethje. “No chance am I going to come here without my daddy. … I promised [my mother] it will be my last battle. If I offer my word, I have to follow this.”
McGregor and Nurmagomedov battled in October 2018, with Nurmagomedov submitting McGregor in the 4th round of a one-sided fight that broke business records for many PPV buys, according to White.
The tension between Nurmagomedov and McGregor spilled over after the fight when a wild brawl broke out between the camps for both fighters. Nurmagomedov has staunchly declined to acknowledge McGregor as a contender since that battle, mentioning that the Irishman has actually not won a fight at lightweight considering that 2016 and that he is in the back of the line.
At UFC 257, McGregor will return for the first time in a year when he combats Dustin Poirier. A win would put McGregor back in line as a potential title challenger, and White wants to run the big money battle in between Nurmagomedov and McGregor back one more time.
” No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, but one of the best to ever do it.