Khabib Nurmagomedov Will Not Attend UFC 257 Says Dana White

January 17, 2021 4:15 pm

One of the main topics regarding UFC’s stint at Fight Island is the title picture and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s decision regarding his future. Dana White announced on TV that he had met with Khabib Nurmagomedov. According to ‘The EagleCharles Oliveira impressed him. However, he was still undecided about his future. 

The lightweight champion stated that if either the co-main event or the main event produced something spectacular, it would entice him to come back for one last fight to make it 30-0. Therefore, ‘The Eagle’ has now raised stakes for both Conor and Dustin at UFC 257, as a brilliant performance could warrant a rematch against Khabib. 

Read: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s future still in doubt- Dana White has an update 

Dana White provides an update on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s duration of stay on Fight Island

In the post-fight press conference, a reporter asked Dana White if Khabib would stick around to watch UFC 257. 

Dana replied, “No, he is cornering on Wednesday and then he leaves. So he leaves and goes to Vegas. I will have the fight and fly home on Sunday, and I’ll see him again in Vegas. So those fights would have played out. He and I are going to hook up and go for dinner in Vegas and talk again and we’ll make a decision. What he did say is, I will never hold up the division.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently on Fight Island and in the fighter hotel. He will be cornering his cousin Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC Fight Island 8. Following that, he will be going to Vegas to help teammate Islam Makhachev prepare for his upcoming bout against Drew Dober. 

‘Mystic Mac’ has predicted that he will knockout Dustin Poirier inside sixty seconds. If ‘The Notorious’ was to live up to his promise and finish ‘The Diamond’ inside sixty-seconds it will surely entice Khabib to grant a rematch based on Conor’s last two performances. 

A rematch between the two men would be a good opportunity for the Irish superstar to show that he was not well prepared the first time, as he has stated. Furthermore, a rematch would also be a mammoth of an event for the UFC. 

Do you think either McGregor or Poirier can dial in a phenomenal performance? And if they do so, would it entice Khabib to grant a rematch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. Drawn into the UFC by Ronda Rousey, Kevin has been following the sport for five years now. Kevin also watches F1 and closely follows the likes of Charles Leclerc, George Russell, and Max Verstappen in F1

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