Chances are Khabib Nurmagomedov will cut his retirement short, according to UFC President Dana White.
Nurmagomedov (29-0) announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to defend his UFC lightweight title. "The Eagle" credited his father's death for the retirement and stated it was his mother's wish. In a new interview with CBS Sports Radio'sThe Zach Gelb Show, White expressed confidence in one more Nurmagomedov fight.
I have 15 minute interview with @ufc President @danawhite that will air tonight on @CBSSportsRadio at 8 PM Eastern/5 Pacific.— Zach Gelb (@ZachGelb) October 29, 2020
Dana told The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio that he and @TeamKhabib have been talking & he expects Khabib to return & go for 30-0.
"Khabib and I have been talking and he was completely emotional that night when he got through that fight. I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0," White said. "I think he is not going to retire. His dad wanted him to get to 30-0. I think he wants to honor his dad's wish."
Nurmagomedov's coach, Javier Mendez, previously echoed the same sentiment about Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov's wishes to see his son achieve flawless 30-fight record.
"Nobody knew," White insisted of the initial retirement announcement. "Not even his coach. Nobody knew."