Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, has stated that neither he nor the promotion have given up on trying to convince Khabib Nurmagomedov to return for one more fight. In fact, White refuses to vacate the Lightweight because he still considers “The Eagle” his champion.
All of this even though Nurmagomedov has shown zero interest in returning after announcing his retirement after UFC 254.
According to Daniel Cormier, White is right in not giving up. If anything, “D.C.” urges the outspoken and determined head honcho to keep ramping up his efforts to convince Nurmagomedov to return.
“I mean, he just dominated a very tough Justin Gaethje,” Cormier said on the “DC and Helwani” podcast. “So yeah, that’s why he’s the man. That’s why he is the absolute man, and that is why Dana White continues to ask him to come back to fighting.
“I wouldn’t stop [if I were White]/ I’d [schedule] 10 meetings [with Nurmagomedov],” he continued. “Every time he’d be willing to take a meeting I would keep talking, I’d keep trying to convince him.”
Khabib — who is undefeated at 29-0, 13-0 UFC — recently shut down any possibility of a fight between himself and Georges St-Pierre taking place, which is one of the few fights many felt would be tempting enough for “The Eagle” to return.
And since he’s already stated that rematches against Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier aren’t on his radar, the chances of Nurmagomedov returning to attempt to go 30-0 aren’t looking too good ... for now.