Chael Sonnen Questions Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Two Meetings with Dana White

Published 01/05/2021, 6:31 AM EST
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)


Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen spoke out on his YouTube channel and did a deep dive into Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement. ‘The Eagle’ walked away from the sport following his dominant submission win at UFC 254 against Justin Gaethje. Ever since he walked away, fans have been pining to see him return to action to complete his initial 30-0 target.

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The perennial analyst in Chael Sonnen couldn’t help but breakdown every facet of Khabib’s departure from MMA that have become talking points. Chiefly, he had plenty to say about the fact that UFC President Dana White has set up meetings with Khabib. It’s no surprise that White has been championing a return to form for Khabib ever since he laid down his gloves in the cage.

Chael Sonnen explores Khabib Nurmagomedov’s motives to make a comeback

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The general consensus around Khabib’s retirement is the fact that he might return, seeing as he promised his father a 30-0 record. Nurmagomedov is just one win away from reaching that goal, and it seems like the right fight will pull him back. Furthermore, Sonnen believes that Dana White scheduling two meetings with Khabib means he has something up his sleeve.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“It was stated that Khabib will be meeting with Dana in Abu Dhabi this month. He then has another meeting set up for dinner with Dana in Las Vegas later. Now, why would you possibly have two meetings? I mean that’s a very fair question for me.

“Dana’s gonna plan to go in and close whatever deal as quickly as he can close the deal. But he’s set up two different meetings in two different continents at two different times which identifies I’m not get anything fully accomplished on the first one. I’m gonna start to butter the bread and then I’ll meet you at my home turf for dinner later.”

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Chael Sonnen couldn’t help but inject talks of Khabib vs GSP being the fight Dana is trying to make. Moreover, it’s a likely outcome given the fact that it’ll be a huge legacy fight for both men. Sonnen remained puzzled throughout his deep dive as to why there are two meetings set up to discuss Nurmagomedov’s future.

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“You then have this Georges St Pierre talk. You have this damn Georges St-Pierre talk that just won’t go away. I can’t quit talking about it either, that’s the fight. And why that fight makes no sense, there may be no other fight that makes more sense…that’s the fight.

“He [Khabib] has agreed to the meeting. In fact, he’s agreed to two. Why are there two meetings? Now that I’ve brought that to your attention, are you guys with me? Who sets up two meetings?”

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No matter where he goes from here on out, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legacy in MMA will remain intact with a 29-0 record. In saying that, no fight would be as big as Nurmagomedov vs St-Pierre and it’s a fight that fans want to see.

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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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