‘Send Me Location’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Teases Potential UFC Return in Recent Post

Published 03/17/2021, 8:46 AM EDT
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)


UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has put the promotion in limbo due to his retirement decision. The undefeated Dagestani has been at the helm of the lightweight division since he won the belt at UFC 223. However, he announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, in his latest title defense.

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But the promotion doesn’t want to let their champion go. They have held on to the slimmest hopes of getting ‘The Eagle’ back to the Octagon. Nurmagomedov has not been stripped of his belt yet, despite being seemingly retired.

‘The Eagle’ drops a vague hint

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Nurmagomedov made a cryptic tweet recently, further intensifying the rumors of what’s next for him.

It was good to see you Lorenzo @danawhite send me location,” he wrote on Twitter. He was pictured alongside former CEO of the UFC, Lorenzo Fertitta. He also asked Dana White to send him a location, which means asking for a fight in the Nurmagomedov language.

Whether ‘The Eagle’ is just playing with the fans or he is indeed planning on a return to the Octagon is unclear, though. However, there’s no shortage of potential challengers for him, should he decide to defend his throne again.

Nurmagomedov mentioned before UFC 257 that he kept a close eye on the pay-per-view with top lightweights engaging in action. A win for his former opponent Conor McGregor could potentially have set up the biggest rematch in UFC history. However, McGregor’s shocking defeat tarnished those chances.

But the likes of Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler, and more are lurking in the background. Also, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos asked to fight Nurmagomedov, given he beats his brother, Islam Makhachev. And obviously, there’s the clash against Tony Ferguson that got away despite being scheduled five times.

Options are in abundance for the Russian.

Will Khabib Nurmagomedov actually make a comeback?

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Nurmagomedov seems to be enjoying life. Being retired, he is spending time playing Soccer and doing other fun stuff. Also, he is counting on his brother Islam Makhachev to conquer the lightweight division and carry on the pride of Dagestan. So, the possibilities of him coming back are actually thin.

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)

However, with a star like Nurmagomedov involved, and with the current scenario of the UFC lightweight division, nothing is off the charts. So, a return for ‘The Eagle‘ can’t be dismissed altogether. Fans will keep a close eye on how things unfold in near future.

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What did you make of Nurmagomedov’s cryptic tweet? Let us know your decision.

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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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