The long awaited meeting between UFC president Dana White and Khabib ‘the eagle’ Nurmagomedov recently took place at fight island.
Following the highly anticipated meeting, White declared that the incumbent lightweight champion might decide to compete for a final time if he is impressed by the top lightweight contenders competing this week at UFC 257, those being, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Dan Hooker and UFC newcomer Michael Chandler. However the champ was also impressed by the dominant performance of Charles Olivera against Tony Ferguson at UFC 256.
“He’s accomplished everything he set out to accomplish,” Said White “His words to me were, ‘I’m gonna watch this fight.’ He said, ‘I would never tie up the division, hold the belt, keep the belt away from anybody else. These guys do something spectacular, show me something spectacular, and make me want to come back and fight.’ So I have a feeling that if somebody delivers, it could be on the co-main event or the main event and like I said he thought Oliveira looked good. Two fights coming up, if these guys can do something special, Khabib will fight them.”
Nurmagomedov initially announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje at the main event of UFC 254 via second round triangle choke, although the Russian talked about reaching 30-0 before retiring, the passing of his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov really got to Khabib, he then decided he could not make the walk to the octagon without his father for a second time.
Khabib has explained on numerous occasions that he has no desire to fight anymore, believing he has accomplished everything he wanted to. However the UFC president believes otherwise, Mr White believes that Khabib was very emotional the night he announced his retirement and believed that we would see the Dagestani in the octagon once more.