UFC President Dana White spoke out on the Zach Gelb Show and dropped a massive revelation to fans of the sport. White revealed that he was in talks with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who may very well be sticking around for another fight. ‘The Eagle’ shocked the MMA world when he decided to walk away from the sport in the prime of his life.
Khabib Nurmagomedov recently defeated interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje via triangle choke in the second round of their fight. Following their contest, Khabib laid down his gloves in the middle of the cage as a symbolic statement for his retirement. Chiefly, the grief of losing his father made him take the step away from active competition.
However, it seems as though like many MMA retirements, his could be short-lived. The 29-0 fighter may be on his way to extend his record to 30-0, thus fulfilling his father’s life-long goal.
The long-time boss of the UFC gave CBS sports’ Zach Gelb the exclusive on one of the biggest stars of the sport. White revealed that he had no idea that Khabib Nurmagomedov was going to spring out his retirement post-UFC 254. What’s more, he laid out the fact that fulfilling Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s wish was possibly something Khabib would follow-up on.
“No, nobody knew, not even his coach. Nobody knew. I was sitting there like ‘Oh my god, you gotta be kidding me. I’ll tell you this and I haven’t told anybody this yet. Khabib and I have been talking, and he was completely emotional that night when he got through that fight. I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0.”
“Yeah, I think he’s not gonna retire. You know, his dad wanted him to get to 30-0 and I think he wants to honor his dad’s wish.”
Additionally, Dana White also responded to the fact that he was to reveal some ‘surprise plans’ that were in the works for Khabib. However, it seems as though the UFC President has no intention of letting all the company secrets out just yet.
“I haven’t even told him that. I haven’t even said it to him so I’m not gonna say anything publically.”
Although a definitive opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn’t properly been finalized, Georges St-Pierre would be the safest pick. Both the UFC Hall of Famers have spoken about fighting each other, and the match-up will undoubtedly be legacy-defining.
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