The head of the Absolute Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White said that he expects the return of the Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov to the sport and even named his possible rivals. The words of the functionary are quoted by TMZ.
White is convinced that 32-year-old Nurmagomedov will resume performing in mixed martial arts. “He will return precisely because of his father. Abdulmanap’s dream was his son’s record of 30 wins, ”the American notes.
The head of the UFC said that in order to determine a possible opponent for the Russian, it is necessary to hold two fights. In addition to the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, White is also interested in the confrontation between Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler. The latter is the ex-Bellator champion who joined the UFC and was a substitute fighter for the fight between Nurmagomedov and Justin Gage.
On November 18, White noted that the Poirier vs. McGregor fight would not be a title fight. Then the head of the UFC expressed hope for the return of Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov is the UFC lightweight champion. On October 24, he defended his title for the third time, beating Gage, and announced his retirement from the sport. The Russian stopped performing in the status of an undefeated fighter. On account of his 29 victories.