‘Sometimes He’s Nice Sometimes He’s Not’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says It’s Hard to Say No to Dana White

Published 03/26/2021, 10:25 PM 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)


Ever since Khabib Nurmagomedov stunned the world and announced that he would not fight anymore, Dana White had been a ray of hope for all fans. The UFC supremo believed Khabib had one last fight left in him and that he could convince ‘The Eagle’ to come out of his retirement to make it 30-0 which is something his father envisaged. 

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White maintained that at UFC 254, emotions might have gotten the better of ‘The Eagle’, which is why he might have made a hasty decision. 

In the time between him announcing his retirement and Nurmagomedov officially retiring, the two men met multiple times to discuss the future. Unfortunately for fans, White’s convincing powers were not good enough to lure ‘The Eagle’ back into the octagon for one last fight. 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals what the meetings with Dana White were like 

In a recent interview, Laura Sanko asked Khabib what his meetings were like with Dana White. He said, “First of all guys I want to say like, it’s very hard to say no to Dana White. I’m going to be honest, because this guy come like…. Sometime he is nice, sometime he is not nice…. Anyways, it was very honest real talk with two real men. This is what I feel.” 

‘The Eagle’ continued, “In the last meeting he come and he say. Hey what we gonna do? I say nothing change, nothing change….. My decision is no change. And I hope you gonna understand me because if someone don’t want to fight, someone finished you have to leave him alone what do you think about this? Then Dana say okay I have call. He call and say hey this fight is official (Oliveira vs Chandler)”

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The Eagle’ announcing his retirement means that new recruit Michael Chandler will take on Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 for the undisputed lightweight strap. However, Khabib believes that by the end of this year or the beginning of 2022, the 155-pound division will have a new champion in Islam Makhachev

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