Khabib Nurmagomedov Plans to Meet Dana White

Published 02/10/2021, 4:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Ever since UFC 254, the UFC lightweight GOAT and the current champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s future has been up in the air despite his definitive post-fight actions and speech. He said he was done with fighting and even hinted at retirement after UFC 257. However, besides holding the belt, he still sits atop the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.

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Recently, the Russian fighter sat down with Match TV for an interview and answered questions about his future. He said, “You cannot say that I became a manager. I don’t know where this phrase came from. I am more focused on my projects – I have 4-5 of them and I spend my time on them.

Nurmagomedov purchased Gorilla Fighting Championships and renamed it as Eagle FC. The promotion has even held a few events after being rebranded.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov also touched on his conversation with UFC President Dana White. Here, he addressed his future as a fighter and said, “As for the career of a fighter, I don’t want to go into details. Dana White is a very honest person, and everything is fair with him. He will come to journalists with the message that I sent him a week ago.” (translated via Google translate)

Khabib Nurmagomedov wants the lightweight division to move forward

‘The Eagle’ revealed how he would like the situation to develop at 155 pounds. He agreed that Dana White had to make a decision and added that he would agree with whatever it was.

Per the Tweet, Nurmagomedov has a meeting scheduled with White in February. However, he didn’t reveal the topic of the meeting. It may be obvious to all MMA fans.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia announces his retirement in the Octagon after his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020, on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In the interview, he also stated that he thinks that Dustin Poirier should be the champion of the lightweight division. He pointed to the caliber of the fighters Poirier had beaten. Furthermore, he said that they could all go to the Hall of Fame. ‘The Eagle’ mentioned names like Jim Miller, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, and Max Holloway.

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With his planned meeting with Dana White to come to fruition in a week, the UFC world might be in the store for some big news. Whatever the news may be, one can expect the top-ranked Dustin Poirier to fight either for the vacant belt or against ‘The Eagle’.

What do you think will happen when Khabib Nurmagomedov meets Dana White?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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