Khabib Nurmagomedov will ONLY fight in UFC again if Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier ‘do something special’ at UFC 257, Dana White confirms
Dana White has confirmed Khabib Nurmagomedov will ONLY return to the UFC if Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier can ‘show him something special’.
The Russian told Dana White he does not want to hold the division up after retiring from fighting in October and was impressed with Charles Oliveira.
During a lengthy chat with the UFC President on Friday night in Abu Dhabi, the Russian admitted his decision to retire was perhaps too emotive.
White revealed the 32-year-old told him: “I’m going to watch the two lightweight fights at 257. If these guys do something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight I’ll fight.”
Khabib initially announced his decision to retire following his conclusive win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Fight Island in October.
Citing the pain of losing his father and a promise he made to his mother, the pound-for-pound superstar vowed to never fight again and walk away from the sport with a perfect record of 29-0.
But his late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, always to see his son reach 30-0 before retiring and Dana White has seemingly managed to sweet talk ‘The Eagle’ into reversing his decision.
It means Conor McGregor will not have the chance to become a two-time lightweight champion when he faces Dustin Poirier on January 23 at the Etihad Arena.
The Irishman, who won the belt back in 2016, has not fought at 155lbs since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov almost two-and-a-half years ago.
His opponent, the entertaining and resilient Poirier, has also suffered defeat to Khabib in a lightweight title fight and was also choked out when they met at UFC 242.