UFC president Dana White has revealed Khabib Nurmagomedov may very well be tempted again into the octagon.
The 32-year-old Russian introduced his retirement in October 2020 after extending his excellent skilled file to 29-0 with a submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
Nurmagomedov was combating for the primary time for the reason that demise of his father final summer time, and felt the time was proper to bow out.
However, White met with Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi on Friday, and the UFC president confirmed throughout these discussions the prospect of a return to motion had been mentioned.
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Speaking to ESPN in a video posted on the official UFC Twitter account, White revealed Nurmagomedov had steered if there was “something spectacular” on the upcoming light-weight contests which function Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, then he may very well be sparked into a return.
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“Basically the way he feels right now, he’s accomplished everything he set out to accomplish,” White stated.
“He thought (Charles) Oliveira appeared actually good in his final struggle in opposition to Tony Ferguson, so subsequent Saturday we have the McGregor/Poirier struggle and (Michael) Chandler and (Dan) Hooker on there.
“So his words to me were: ‘I am going to watch this fight. I would never tie up the division, hold the belt or kept the belt away from anybody else.
“‘If these guys do one thing spectacular, present me one thing spectacular and make me need to come again and struggle’.
“So I have a feeling that if someone delivers, it could be on the main event or co-event, and like I said he thought Oliveira looked good, if these guys can do something special, Khabib will fight them.”
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White added: “He just needed some time to clear his head and [if] these guys do what I think they are going to do next weekend, it sounds like he might be interested in fighting one of them.”
McGregor misplaced to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018.
The Irishman, 32, will make his personal return to the octagon for the primary time in 12 months in opposition to Poirier at UFC 257 on January 23.
McGregor wouldn’t shirk the possibility to meet Nurmagomedov once more.
“I think he’s afraid to fight me. That’s for damn sure. And I don’t blame him. I know exactly what to face,” McGregor advised ESPN.
“I fought the best of him that night, he fought the worst of me on that night. He knows it, I know it, his team knows it.
“I’ve [got] the reply to destroy that man. He can pull the wool over individuals’s eyes for under so lengthy.”