‘Gonna Be Fighting Again’- Legendary MMA Referee Reveals Possible Truth Behind Khabib Nurmagomedov Retirement

Published 03/24/2021, 11:07 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates 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)


Khabib Nurmagomedov may have retired from the sport of MMA but there will always be something calling him back. Just ask Georges St-Pierre, who has been bombarded with questions about his retirement since 2016. People still think he may be coming, and it seems like Khabib will have the same energy.

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This is getting deepened after something that iconic referee John McCarthy has revealed. He said he doesn’t believe Khabib is retiring and pointed to a picture with Lorenzo Fertitta and Khabib being the main reason why.

“No. Just being honest dude. There’s a beautiful picture of Khabib and Lorenzo Fertitta that was put out.”

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McCarthy would then explain the power dynamics behind the establishment of the UFC. While Dana WHite was the man in charge for everyone, Lorenzo Fertitta was the ‘brains’ behind the operation. He then said that if Dana couldn’t convince a fighter to take another fight, Lorenzo would come in and convince the fighter to fight more.

“When you see that picture of Nurmagomedov and Fertitta, it’s telling you. Yeah, he’s giving up the Lightweight title and he’s not gonna fight for a little bit. But they’ve already got it planned. He’s gonna be fighting again.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Could he be returning?

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje 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)

Khabib Nurmagomedov seems pretty set on being retired. However, Lorenzo Fertitta is one of the men responsible behind the UFC being what it is today. While he hasn’t maintained involvement with the company since they sold it in 2016 like Dana has, he was influential on the sport.

Fertitta would have given Khabib his start s well, so there may be some strings he can pull. Consider how close Fertitta and White are, there is always a chance the President of the UFC calls in on a favor.

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There will always be interesting fight for Khabib to have in the UFC. Against the winner of the new Lightweight title bout? Both Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira are fresh opponents. Along with that, there is always the GSP fight to come back to. Khabib has options, but it doesn’t look like he is rushing back to end his career a perfect 30-0.

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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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