‘It Actually All Lines up Perfectly’ – Dana White Gives an Update on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Future

Published 12/14/2020, 6:30 AM EST
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)


The lightweight division of the UFC is stacked up at the moment. With so many top contenders on the surge, everybody is looking for their shot at the gold. The champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is yet to announce a clear decision on his fighting future. Dana White told The Schmo in the UFC 256 post-fight press conference that he will be meeting the Russian next month.

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The UFC President said, “Yeah, I’ll meet with him next month. It actually all lines up perfectly. Conor’s gonna fight, that same week, with Poirier. We’re talking about Chandler fighting. This fight happened tonight. Then I meet with Khabib next month and we’ll figure out what’s going on.

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White’s meeting with ‘The Eagle’ will provide fans some clarity on the state of the lightweight division’s next challenger or challengers.

The division is currently full of contenders. Conor McGregor is set to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. Michael Chandler is expected to make his UFC debut soon, probably against Justin Gaethje. Charles Oliveira has surged as a top contender after a dominating win over Tony Ferguson.

Khabib Nurmagomedov announced retirement after UFC 254

Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his belt against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 and announced retirement at the post-fight interview. “The Eagle” lost his father due to coronavirus earlier this year. He said that he swore on his father’s grave about retiring and would only come back if his mother allows him to.

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Nurmagomedov’s father’s dream was to see his son reach 30-0 as a professional. So, that might be a factor to lure the Russian back into competition.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit 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)

Conor McGregor has been looking to get his rematch against Nurmagomedov since their first fight. A rematch of the biggest fight in UFC history is certainly a possibility, provided McGregor gets past Poirier in January.

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But it all depends on whether Khabib Nurmagomedov actually wants to continue his fighting career or not. What decision do you think he will take? Will we see Nurmagomedov in the octagon ever again?

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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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