The return to the ring of the champion of the absolute fighting championship (UFC) in lightweight Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov is unlikely. This position was expressed by UFC President Dana White, whose commentary is quoted by ESPN journalist Mark Raimondi on his page in Twitter.
Earlier, the Russian allowed such a possibility, commenting on the duel between American Dustin Poirier and Irishman Conor McGregor.
“I really spoke with Khabib. He told me, “Dana, be honest with yourself. I am several levels above these guys (McGregor and Poirier – Ed.), I beat them. ” I don’t know, but it doesn’t sound very positive, we’ll see, “the journalist White quotes.
32-year-old Nurmagomedov announced his retirement on October 24 after winning the fight against Justin Gajee in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as part of the UFC 254 tournament.
On January 2, Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz said that the Russian could resume his sports career for a fight with former UFC champion in two weight categories Georges Saint-Pierre.
On January 11, White spoke about his intention to persuade the Russian fighter to hold another fight.
Nurmagomedov became the UFC champion on April 7, 2018, defeating American Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision. He defended the title three times in fights against the Irishman Conor McGregor and the Americans Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.