‘If He Was A Fighter, He’d Never Give Up’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals How Dana White Has Still Been Calling Him

Published 07/01/2021, 11:58 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 04: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks to UFC president Dana White during the UFC 229 Press Conference inside The Park Theater at Park MGM on October 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Former UFC lightweight champion and MMA icon, Khabib Nurmagomedov, retired from the sport as the undefeated and undisputed champion. The Dagestani juggernaut achieved everything possible in his grasp and created an aura that could be matched by a few only.


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Recently, ‘The Eagle’ appeared for an interview. He talked about his UFC days and other stuff including Dana White’s continuous efforts to bring him back.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“If he was a fighter, he’d never give up,” Khabib said. “He could be knocked off or choked but would never give up on his own. I’m positive.”


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“You know a few days ago — I don’t know whether I can go on record, (Ali) Abdelaziz called me a few weeks ago. He asked me, ‘Do you know what Dana White asked me?’ and told me (Dana asked), ‘Why does Khabib (Nurmagomedov) never ask me how much money I can offer for his return?”

“I asked Abdelaziz, ‘This is the question for me through you or what?’ And he told me, ‘Nah, Dana just asked.'”

‘The Eagle’ then said he has already told many times he won’t be returning. He has achieved everything there is to be achieved.


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According to him, the management thinks they could allure him for a big price but that’s not the case. He concluded by saying, “I believe they will understand me and my choice, eventually.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov compares UFC life as being in prison

Khabib retired following his match with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. He had lost his father earlier in 2020, which triggered his intentions of not fighting anymore. And he decided to live a normal life.

“I am living the life of an ordinary person, not the one of a professional athlete,” Nurmagomedov said. “I think living the life of an athlete is somewhat close to being held in a prison.”


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“Because every day he has to do exactly the same thing — train, rest, then train again, then rest. It’s like living in the same mode, at the same pace, not slowing down.”

Khabib may have retired from the game but he is still very active in the world of MMA. From training his close pals to opening his own MMA promotion, he still has much to give back.

What did you make of Khabib’s statement on White?


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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.



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