Khabib Nurmagomedov leaves the door open for possible UFC returns


Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov left the door open for the 30th battle inside the Octagon.

Promotion president Dana White said that if two light fights take place next week – Connor McGregor vs. Dustin Pourier and Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler – are fantastic, Nurmagomedov would consider coming back to fight one of the winners.

White aired UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Katar from Abu Dhabi.

Nurmagomedov has a perfect 30-0 chance with a win in a possible comeback fight.

Nurmagomedov and White, one of the world’s most prominent Muslim athletes, met in Abu Dhabi on Friday night during a UAE Warriors MMA event, co-promoted by Nurmagomovov’s new Eagles FC organization.

In October, Nurmagomedov surprisingly announced his retirement following a second-round win over Justin Getheje at UFC 254. A pioneer in that boxing, Narmmagomedov was saddened by his father’s death the previous summer due to complications of COVID-19. Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, was also his head coach and closest confidant.

Nurmagomedov (29-0) is ESPN’s top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The native of Dagestan, an autonomous republic of Russia, has won all 13 of his UFC fights, the record for the most UFC lightweight wins. Nurmagomedov, 32, owns the longest lightweight title in UFC history and is tied for the most UFC lightweight title defense (3). They have defeated former champions Gethje, McGregor, Poire and Rafael dos Anjos.

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