White believes that Nurmagomedov will return to reach the 30-0 mark.
“Well, he didn’t say that he’ll fight, but he didn’t say no,” White said after UFC Vegas 12 (via Simon Head & Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie). “He’s considering the 30-0. His father wanted it and I think that he was super-emotional. (He) had the mumps, measles or whatever, broken toe, trained on a stationary bike for that fight, and then came in and fought, and he was super-emotional.”
Nurmagomedov currently sits at 29-0 and that includes three successful lightweight title defenses.
The UFC President also states that the retired Nurmagomedov is still the lightweight champion at this time.
“He’s still the champ – there’s no vacant title open right now, or no interim title happening. He’s the champ and we’ll give him some time to figure out what he wants to do. … I feel pretty good (about it). He said he was going to talk with his mother," says White.