Ever since Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from the UFC, there have been various theories on if he would make a comeback. Dana White has always been positive about a comeback from the lightweight champ. While Khabib dismissed those speculations last week, he seems to have changed his stand on social media.
‘The Eagle’ posted a message on Instagram with an image of Dana White and himself from the pre-fight press conference of UFC 254. However, it was the caption of the image that has piqued the interest of fans. The 155-pounds champ captioned the image, “See you soon”. Thus, fans are wondering if this is a sign that Khabib has changed his mind regarding retirement.
Nurmagomedov left his gloves inside the Octagon after he defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 via second-round submission. His decision came as a shock for even his coach, let alone the fans. The Dagestani juggernaut went through a period of personal grief after his father passed away. However, he overcame it and went on to put a masterclass performance on his return to the Octagon.
While Khabib’s message on Instagram comes as a ray of hope for everyone hoping to see him return for one more fight, his words last week painted a completely different picture.
Last Thursday, Khabib spoke during his visit to Derbent, Dagestan that he plans on completing his graduation. On top of it, he has bought sheep. Hence will be involved in agriculture. The highlight of his address was when he declared that he had no competitive fire left.
“You can fight up to 40, but there must be a goal. I had a goal to get to the top, I got there. Then I have no competitive interest there,” Khabib said.
Khabib’s close friend and former UFC double champ Daniel Cormier also sided with him in regards to his decision to retire. However, UFC supremo Dana White seems adamant about roping in Khabib for one last fight.
There are a number of potential opponents for a fight that could take the Russian’s undefeated record to 30-0. However. what is necessary is the one that piques the interest of the UFC lightweight champion.
Continue the conversation on the app, join other MMA fans on MMA Fans App