After Ghosting Accusations, Dana White Presents Khabib Nurmagomedov With a Travis Scott Inspired ‘Amazing Gift’

Published 06/23/2022, 1:58 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 8, 2019: Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, at a news conference following a title unification bout between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

Khabib Nurmagomedov retiring was a big loss for his fans. His undefeated record and discipline made the fans intrigued. However, they still get to see him corner his teammates during their fights and also as a promoter at Eagle FC. Nurmagomedov and Dana White seem to be on good terms.


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The UFC President gave the retired fighter a gift that he loved. The Russian took to Instagram to post a video of the shoes White gifted him. He wrote, “Thank you so much @danawhite”.


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He added, “Amazing gift”.

White posted it on his Instagram story as well.

GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon sportswear via Getty Images)

The sneakers White gifted Nurmagomedov is a rare one. It was the product of Jordan Brand, Travis Scott, and Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Design coming together and creating something memorable. The Air Jordan 1 Low: Travis Scott x Fragment has familiar color blocking schemes.

The sail swoosh is backward; a signature Travis Scott touch for the design. Further, Cactus Jack and Fragment Design logos are embossed on left and right heels, respectively. With an aged midsole, sail laces, and military blue accents on the heel, collar, and insole, the classic make-up looks unique.


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The footwear is listed to be around $1,675.

Was there a rift between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dana White?

‘The Eagle’ has been trying to get his teammate, Islam Makhachev, a shot at the lightweight title. After all, Makhachev has been in great form and given some incredible fights.

However, it seems like the UFC President did not respond to Nurmagomedov’s text messages regarding Makhachev. As reported by ‘Givemesport‘, Nurmagomedov said, “Honestly, this is first time since we started talking to each other that he don’t respond to me.”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA SEPTEMBER 2, 2021: Mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at the 2nd New Knowledge educational marathon (forum). The New Knowledge Forum runs from 1 to 3 September 2021 as a new school year begins in Russia. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images)

“I send him message saying ‘No way someone else can fight for the title. Islam has to be there’.”


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“He don’t respond. I think he was busy, maybe. It was first time.”

Dana White had come forward to explain he didn’t reply, as he had no answer. He wanted Makhachev to face Beneil Dariush.

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Dana White and Khabib Nurmagomedov seem to share a cordial relationship even though they may have differences in opinion regarding the path of the latter’s teammates.

What do you think?



Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.