Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier Has a New Guest- Khabib Nurmagomedov Announces Exciting News for UFC Fight Island Week

Published 12/03/2020, 1:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia announces his retirement in the Octagon after his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Recently retired UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke at a press conference and went over several questions regarding the current landscape. ‘The Eagle’ is one of the biggest names in MMA, period Fans can’t wait to hear his take on matters. What’s more, there’s significant interest in ‘The Eagle’ making a comeback.

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The Dagestani mauler shed light on Conor McGregor, who’s set to make a comeback of his own. ‘The Notorious’ will fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 and the bout marks his return after a year’s lay-off. Furthermore, there’s rampant speculation that the bout could lead him at the doorway of the lightweight title. Nurmagomedov is set to be present, and a reporter asked him to detail what a possible encounter would look like.

Chiefly, ‘The Eagle’ is no stranger to Abu Dhabi as he’s successfully defended his belt there in his last two outings. Additionally, he secured two straight submission wins over interim champions during his time on Yas Fight Island and he’ll undoubtedly be pleased to make his return.  The inclusion of Khabib to Fight Island is sure to add another layer of intrigue going into Fight Week.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

There is rampant speculation that UFC President Dana White is looking to entice Khabib to come out of retirement given his presence on Yas Island. His presence at the event is sure to pique interest about getting to the elusive 30-0 mark. White has been on record to say that Nurmagomedov will make his way back for one last mega-fight.

Khabib Nurmagomedov fires shots at the UFC

Fans of the sport will be aware that there’s no love lost between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Following their ugly run in before UFC 223 in Brooklyn and after their fight at UFC 229, things aren’t the same. Khabib certainly wasn’t too concerned about the fall-out from running into the Irishman. Despite the bad blood between the two, Khabib seemed nonchalant about a run-in.

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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He said, “Why should I worry about that? It depends on the situation. I have no plans to do something if I see a certain someone. I can bump into someone here.”

“Anything can happen”- ‘The Eagle’

Additionally, Nurmagomedov was quick to jump in on the reporter’s theory that the UFC might try an engineer an encounter. ‘The Eagle’ subscribed to the aforementioned theory and claimed that the UFC was indeed capable of such a thing.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov IL) and Conor McGregor (R) face off after the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. Nurmagomedov and McGregor will meet in the main event on October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He added, “Now that’s a serious question! Maybe. They’re good at making that happen. Anything can happen. It can happen in Moscow, Abu Dhabi, New York. They can make that happen, believe me that’s their specialty.”

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There’s virtually no doubt that Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will never be on amicable terms when it’s all said and done. Chiefly, it’s clear that there still remains some amount of heat between the two several years removed from their run-ins.

What’s more, fans are interested to hear Dana White’s stance on the notion that the company instigates beef between fighters. Khabib’s inclusion back into a UFC fight week certainly took fans by storm, and the build-up is sure to be intense.

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How do you think a possible run-in between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will go? Comment below.

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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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