‘Dana White Lost Me’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Reiterates His Desire to Stay Retired

Published 02/10/2021, 2:30 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia compete against Dustin Poirier of United States in their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov and his MMA chapter genuinely seem to be over. The undefeated Dagestani fighter was linked with many rumors for a return to the Octagon if the events of UFC 257 impressed him. While it was a great card that saw Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler have standout performances, it wasn’t enough to tempt Khabib back.

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The lightweight champion has commented on his relationship with Dana White and his final thoughts on the decision to retire.

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“Last time many people asked me about meetings with Dana, about career. The topic is unpleasant to me. When fights held in Las Vegas, we meet with Dana. Tea or dinner. You know, I send him message. We have dialogue. I would not like the media to have what is between us. I want it to stay between us. I told him, I don’t like the division is worth. And it is because of me.”

 

Khabib added, “I have already said my decision. I said my word, I did everything I wanted to do in this sport. I understand what Dana White wants. Lost one fighter, lost another. He lost me, he is losing money. This sport needs people who make money.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Is it futile to think of a return?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov openly taking the blame for log jamming the division is quite smart. It is smarter when he instantly blames Dana White for making everyone wait by trying to convince him to return. As far as ‘The Eagle’ is concerned, a return is not going to happen.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khabib may have returned if the super-fight against Conor McGregor was booked again. However, ‘The Notorious’ lost to Poirier at UFC 257 and is far away from the title picture. With Khabib also having already beaten Poirier and not being interested in Chandler, he decided to cement his retirement.

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It is unknown whether Nurmagomedov will return. He is still in his prime, and there may be a goose golden enough to get Khabib back inside the Octagon. But for now, all we can do is play the waiting game to see how this pans out.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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