“Why Do I Need to Come Out?”- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Is Tired of the Same Questions

Published 06/01/2021, 12:25 AM EDT
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – APRIL 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to fight Al Iaquinta in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 223 event inside Barclays Center on April 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is well and truly over his UFC career. ‘The Eagle’ doesn’t plan to return to the Octagon to compete again. In fact, he is tired of being asked the same thing over and over again.

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Fans and others involved with the sport have wanted to see Nurmagomedov back in the Octagon since he announced his decision to retire at UFC 254. After defeating Justin Gaethje at Fight Island, ‘The Eagle’ said he would like to spend more time with his family.

And having done it all in the sport, his decision was justified too. Especially considering he had lost his mentor and father Abdulmanap not so long ago.

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I think these questions will always be relevant. But I wouldn’t wait for my comeback. You’d be waiting for a long time,” said the undefeated Dagestani.

The former champion was also asked if he would like to do an exhibition grappling event.

Not interested at all. Why do I need to grapple someone? I’m tired of, as they say, diving for sweaty legs. We grapple in training. Shamil knows, Khasbulaev knows. But to fight in an arena to prove, I don’t even know what to prove. Why do I need to come out? I’m not interested in self-affirmation or money,” he replied.

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)

One can assume that they have seen the last of Nurmagomedov inside the UFC Octagon. Judging by his cold response, the slightest of chances can be dismissed.

Where does Khabib Nurmagomedov rank among the greatest UFC fighters?

The Eagle‘ managed to retire with an unblemished record. In the toughest division of the UFC, he has managed to absolutely dismantle any challenge put in front of him. His remarkable dominance inside the Octagon is unmatched.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia compete against Dustin Poirier of United States in their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The Dagestani will go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest fighter to ever fight in the UFC. His legend will remain forever in the record books.

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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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