The UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov recently announced his retirement from the MMA after submitting Justin Gaethje with a triangle choke submission on Fight Island, October 24. However, the UFC president Dana White believes the Eagle will return to the Octagon for at least once to extend his MMA record to 30-0.
Talking to CBS Sports Radio on Thursday, White revealed that he contacted the Russian after his recent fight and believes the 32-year-old's retirement won't stick.
"Khabib and I have been talking, He was completely emotional that night when he got through that fight. I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0. I think that he's not going to retire. His dad wanted him to get to 30-0, and I think he wants to honor his dad's wish."
White told "The Zach Gelb Show."
Just some months after losing his father Abdulmanap to coronavirus, Khabib defended his title against American Gaethje and then announced an abrupt retirement from prizefighting.
"Nobody knew, not even his coach. Nobody knew. I wasn't [processing it]. I was sitting there going, 'Oh my God, you gotta be kidding me.'"
White agreed, saying that he's already spoken to the fighter, and there's a good chance he'll return for at least one more fight.