Khabib Nurmagomedov drops HUGE hint he will return to the UFC just one month after retiring as the sport’s president Dana White insists: ‘he’s going to fight again’… raising hopes of a possible rematch with arch-rival Conor McGregor down the line
- Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from the UFC after beating Justin Gaethje
- The Russian is now in talks with UFC president Dana White about returning
- Khabib tagged White in a picture on Instagram and wrote: ‘See you soon’
- Fans will hope to see a rematch between Khabib and rival Conor McGregor
The lightweight king announced he would be walking away from the sport in October after choking out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to extend his unbeaten record to 29-0.
The Russian fighter said he had ‘promised’ his mother it would be his last fight following the death of his father and mentor Abdulmanap, but he could now be about to make a U-turn.
Khabib Nurmagomedov tagged Dana White in a photo on Instagram and wrote: ‘See you soon’
The lightweight champion announced he was retiring after beating Justin Gaethje last month
UFC president Dana White has been adamant that Khabib will fight again and will be even more confident now after the 32-year-old tagged him in a picture on Instagram with the caption: ‘See you soon’.
UFC president White, who had refused to vacate the lightweight title despite the Russian’s retirement, has already held talks with Khabib about his future and believes he will make his comeback next year.
Speaking on the latest episode of Contender Series, White said: ‘Khabib’s going to fight. I believe he’s going to.
‘He hasn’t committed, but I feel like he’s going to, and I’m not really pushing him.
He said he didn’t want to fight without his father Abdulmanap (L), who died earlier this year
UFC president Dana White said he has spoken with Khabib and is confident he’ll fight again
‘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 raises hopes of a blockbuster rematch between Khabib and Conor McGregor with the Irishman back on the scene after coming out of retirement to agree to a clash with Dustin Poirier in January.
McGregor was convincingly beaten by Khabib two years ago before tensions spilled over with ugly scenes erupting in and outside of the octagon.
The pair still have bad blood to this day and have both previously talked up a potential re-run of their huge 2018 fight.
Khabib’s potential return raises hopes of a rematch with UFC star Conor McGregor
McGregor was choked out by Khabib in their blockbuster 2018 clash at UFC 229
The Russian’s coach Javier Mendez even said last month before his win over Gaethje that the second fight with McGregor could happen before April next year.
He said: ‘Think about this – Khabib will not fight past the end of April next year (due to Ramadan).
‘So if the stars align properly, based off what Conor is saying, then he could want to put himself in that picture for next year.
‘He has to beat Dustin and then obviously that makes sense. We have to be victorious and then we’ll see what Dana offers us.’