Light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov abruptly introduced his retirement following his UFC 254 title protection in opposition to Justin Gaethje. “The Eagle” seemingly walked away with an undefeated 29-Zero document, however left the door open for an octagon return when he lately met with UFC president Dana White.
“I believed, in his final struggle, his father had handed away. He had been by means of loads. He had been away from his household throughout that point, obtained injured whereas he was coaching, and I believed that he made an emotional determination. There was no cause to make a hasty determination like that then. We didn’t must,” White stated throughout Saturday’s UFC Battle Island 7 broadcast.
“He thought that (Charles) Oliveira appeared good in his final struggle in opposition to Tony Ferguson. So subsequent Saturday, we obtained the (Conor) McGregor and (Dustin) Poirier struggle and (Michael) Chandler and (Dan) Hooker on there. So his phrases to me have been, ‘I’m going to look at these fights.’ He stated, ‘I’d by no means tie up the division. I’d by no means tie up the division, maintain the belt and maintain the belt away from anyone else. These guys do one thing spectacular, present me one thing spectacular, and make me wish to come again and struggle,” White stated.
Nurmagomedov won’t be in attendance for UFC 257. He is anticipated to fulfill with White in Las Vegas the week after UFC 257 to make a remaining determination on whether or not he’ll struggle once more.
“He is corning on Wednesday after which he leaves. He leaves and goes to Vegas. So I’ll have the struggle and fly residence on Sunday and I am going to see him once more in Vegas,” White stated in the course of the UFC Battle Island 7 Put up-fight Press Convention.
“These fights could have performed out. He and I are going to hook up and go to dinner in Vegas and discuss once more and we’ll decide. One factor that he did say is, ‘I am going to by no means maintain up the division,'” stated the UFC president.
Whether or not or not Nurmagomedov competes once more shall be decided in his dinner assembly with White in Las Vegas. The choice will finally be Nurmagomedov’s.
“He simply stated that he will not maintain up the division, so he is both going to struggle someone, or he’ll stroll away,” White stated.
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