Dana White CONFIRMS he will ‘meet Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi soon’ with talks shrouded in mystery amid potential comeback
- Dana White will sit down with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who recently retired
- UFC pound-for-pound No 1 previously hinted at return in Instagram post
- He cryptically posted a snap of himself and White, writing ‘see you soon’
- And UFC president confirmed that he will meet Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi
The UFC‘s pound-for-pound king, who retired after his emotional victory over Justin Gaethje on October 24, had teased a reversal of his decision on Instagram with a picture of himself and White with the caption ‘see you soon’.
And when asked about the meet, the UFC head honcho said: ‘We’re gonna meet in Abu Dhabi. [We’ll be there] sometime soon. I’ll let you know when you need to know.’
Dana White confirmed that he will meet up with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi
Khabib recently tagged White in a photo on Instagram and wrote: ‘See you soon’
It is presumed that the meeting will be of some significance as White and Khabib can always get in touch remotely.
The fact that talks are planned for Abu Dhabi, suggest they are of some significance and MMA fans will be hoping it will be regarding a comeback.
Khabib had promised his mother that the Gaethje fight at UFC 254, which he won by submission in the second round, would be his last after his father and mentor Abdulmanap died following complications from coronavirus earlier this year.
The outpouring of emotion after the win was telling and Khabib insisted in the post-fight interview that he would not be fighting again, although both his head coach Javier Mendez and White have cast doubt on that.
The lightweight champion retired after his UFC 254 victory over Justin Gaethje
Mendez described the wrestling phenom’s decision as ‘extremely emotional’ while White was asked if he thought the Dagestani would return and said: ‘I do. He hasn’t said that to me but I do.
‘We talked about it and he just fought. Let him take some time, spend some time with his family, spend the holidays. There’s no rush.’
It seems highly unlikely that Khabib will simply walk away at the peak of his powers at the age of 32.
But as it stands, there are no match-ups in the lightweight division that motivate him to defend his crown.
Fans are desperate for Khabib to reverse his retirement decision so will be hopeful at the news
Having beaten Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier, the picture in the division is unclear without the champion and the contenders will fight among themselves to establish a top contender.
A dream fight with Georges St-Pierre had been touted for Khabib to aim for 30-0 but that also remains to be seen.
Fans will hope White’s meeting with the Russian in Abu Dhabi could revolve around a huge fight announcement or plan for an eventual return to the cage.