Dana White has confirmed Khabib Nurmagomedov will ONLY return to the UFC if Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier can ‘present him one thing particular’.
The Russian informed Dana White he doesn’t need to maintain the division up after retiring from preventing in October and was impressed with Charles Oliveira.
Throughout a prolonged chat with the UFC President on Friday night time in Abu Dhabi, the Russian admitted his choice to retire was maybe too emotive.
White revealed the 32-year-old informed him: “I’m going to observe the 2 light-weight fights at 257. If these guys do one thing spectacular and make me need to come again and combat I’ll combat.”
Khabib initially introduced his choice to retire following his conclusive win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Combat Island in October.
Citing the ache of shedding his father and a promise he made to his mom, the pound-for-pound celebrity vowed to by no means combat once more and stroll away from the game with an ideal report of 29-0.
However his late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, all the time to see his son attain 30-Zero earlier than retiring and Dana White has seemingly managed to candy speak ‘The Eagle’ into reversing his choice.
It means Conor McGregor won’t have the prospect to grow to be a two-time light-weight champion when he faces Dustin Poirier on January 23 on the Etihad Area.
The Irishman, who gained the belt again in 2016, has not fought at 155lbs since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov nearly two-and-a-half years in the past.
His opponent, the entertaining and resilient Poirier, has additionally suffered defeat to Khabib in a light-weight title combat and was additionally choked out after they met at UFC 242.