BREAKING: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s MMA Return to Complete 30-0 All but Confirmed by Manager

Published 11/10/2020, 10:57 PM EST


Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz took to Twitter and more or less confirmed the lightweight champion’s return to MMA. Chiefly, Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from the sport not more than a month ago at UFC 254. He faced Justin Gaethje in the main event and choked out the interim champion in the second round via Triangle.

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Khabib was extremely emotional after the win and swiftly announced his retirement from MMA after coming out on top. He explained that he couldn’t go on competing without his father per a promise he made to his mother. Nurmagomedov walked away from the arena with a 29-0 record and a place in the Hall of Fame secured.

However, retirements in MMA are short-lived and it seems as though ‘The Eagle’ may once again look to take flight. Ali Abdelaziz left virtually no room for doubt with the confirmation that Khabib would return.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: A legacy defined

Fans have been theorizing and speculating that Khabib Nurmagomedov would finish his career at 30-0. Moreover, Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, wanted his son to reach the 30-0 mark in his professional career. Not to mention, the opponent that was targeted turned out to be Georges St-Pierre: a legacy fight of epic proportions.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier 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)

Given the dominance of his title reign in the UFC, Georges St-Pierre is instantaneously within the GOAT debate by the masses. Additionally, ‘Rush’ made good on both the losses he’s suffered, in emphatic fashion no less.  Some fans place St-Pierre above all other great fighters like Jon Jones and Anderson Silva since he hasn’t had a banned substance positive test.

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The fact that Khabib has only three title defenses to his name, hurts his chances at being the all-time GOAT. However, it would be prudent to note that his wins all came to former champions who were in their prime.

If Nurmagomedov comes back, there is no doubt that a match-up to go 30-0 will be set up against ‘GSP’. The bout will go a long way in finally concluding who’s the very best fighter and will bolster the winner’s legacy to new heights.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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