“I Have So Much Respect for You “- Khabib Nurmagomedov Expresses Gratitude to Dana White

Published 01/24/2021, 12:10 PM EST
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)


Khabib Nurmagomedov recently took to Twitter to show his respect towards the UFC President Dana White. Shortly after the completion of the UFC 257 pay-per-view, the undefeated Russian posted a message thanking White on Twitter. Nurmagomedov’s former opponents Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor were part of the main event of UFC 257. Poirier knocked out McGregor to even the score with the Irishman.

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There have been speculations about Nurmagomedov’s fighting future. The undefeated Dagestani announced retirement at UFC 254 after successfully defending his throne.

A rematch between ‘The Eagle’ and Conor McGregor was on the cards. But after McGregor’s defeat, that looks like a distant possibility.

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Michael Chandler also provided a blockbuster performance in his UFC debut. He knocked out Dan Hooker in the first round of the co-main event. The former Bellator lightweight champion proceeded to call out Nurmagomedov right after his win.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission 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)

It’s true Dana White has done an exceptional job with the UFC amid this global pandemic. UFC was the first sport back in action since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. They set a benchmark for other organizations by continuing their services for the fans in those torrid times.

Khabib Nurmagomedov recently met Dana White

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Nurmagomedov recently met White in Abu Dhabi, as they had a meeting about the champion’s future in the organization. Many believed there will be a clear announcement if the Russian would ever fight again or not, but nothing like that happened. Nurmagomedov has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to step foot in the Octagon again. It was White who was trying to lure the champion for a return.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia looks across the Octagon at his opponent Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The champion said he will be keeping a close eye on UFC 257 to see any of the four contenders put on an impressive performance. But it looks like a possible rematch between him and Conor McGregor could very well be off the cards after the Irishman’s defeat.

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What did you make of Nurmagomedov’s message to Dana White? Will he ever return to the UFC?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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