Khabib Nurmagomedov leaves door open to potential UFC return

Undefeated UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov left the door open to a thirtieth battle contained in the Ocatgon.

Promotion president Dana White stated if the 2 light-weight fights subsequent week — Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler — are spectacular, Nurmagomedov would contemplate coming again to battle one of many winners.

“If these guys may do one thing particular, Khabib will battle them,” White stated Saturday on the UFC Struggle Evening: Holloway vs. Kattar broadcast from Abu Dhabi

Nurmagomedov has an opportunity to go an ideal 30-0 with a win in a possible comeback battle.

Nurmagomedov, one of the vital distinguished Muslim athletes on the earth, and White met in particular person backstage throughout a UAE Warriors MMA occasion Friday evening in Abu Dhabi that was co-promoted by Nurmagomedov’s new Eagle FC group.

In October, Nurmagomedov surprisingly introduced his retirement following a second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Main into that bout, Nurmagomedov was grieving over the demise of his father final summer time resulting from problems from COVID-19. Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, was additionally his head coach and closest confidante.

Nurmagomedov (29-0) is ESPN’s top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter on the earth. The Dagestan, Russia native has gained all 13 of his UFC fights, a document for many consecutive UFC light-weight victories. Nurmagomedov, 32, owns the longest light-weight title reign in UFC historical past and is tied for probably the most UFC light-weight title defenses (3). He has overwhelmed the likes of former champions Gaethje, McGregor, Poirier and Rafael dos Anjos.

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