UFC president Dana White will attempt to persuade Khabib Nurmagomedov to return out of retirement within the subsequent two weeks.
The Russian introduced his departure from the game after impressively defeating Justin Gaethje final October, defending his light-weight title within the course of, however mentioned he promised his mom that will be his final combat.
It was his first combat since his father, Abdulmanap, handed away and The Eagle didn’t wish to combat with out him in his nook.
Nevertheless, his father did have some goals for his son which might be nonetheless doable for Khabib to grasp.
His father needed him to achieve 30-Zero within the sport – Khabib is at present 29-0 – and he needed him to face UFC Corridor of Famer Georges St. Pierre.
GSP retired from competitors after not with the ability to safe the Khabib combat in 2019, however in interviews lately launched by UFC following his Corridor of Fame induction final yr, GSP says he misses the sensation of profitable.
“I by no means preferred to combat, and I’m not mendacity after I say it,” St-Pierre informed Thomas Gerbasi. “I by no means loved my time within the Octagon, by no means a second.
“I did it as a result of I cherished to win, I cherished the advantages of it, and I cherished the liberty. Again then, I used to be younger, there was the cash, the ladies, the celebrity, the entry to issues no one had. It was the liberty, that’s why I did it. I by no means did it as a result of I cherished to compete and combat. I hated it to the very best stage. It’s so traumatic that it was insufferable for me. Nevertheless, I cherished the rewards.
“The larger the danger, the larger the reward, and that’s why I did it, and I used to be excellent at it and I took benefit of it. Now, I miss the rewards, I miss the sensation of profitable. However I don’t miss the sensation of combating, not even a second.”
St-Pierre, now 40, has reiterated his need to face Khabib on many events even when he doesn’t just like the precise combating half!
The ball is seemingly in Khabib’s court docket and White says he’s going to attempt his finest to alter his thoughts.
“I don’t know the way the assembly’s going to go,” White informed ESPN in a latest interview forward of his assembly with Khabib on Combat Island. “I’m clearly assembly with him as a result of I consider he ought to be combating once more. I imply, have a look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Have a look at what he’s accomplished to each opponent he has confronted.”
“There’s the … I believe he’s bought — like after I thought Cormier ought to keep,” he continued. “I nonetheless assume they’re the very best on the earth. After which there’s all the time the argument, ‘Effectively it’s by no means dangerous to exit on prime.’
“And while you speak about cash … Khabib has cash past perception. This man doesn’t ever must work once more. And he nonetheless has the flexibility to do issues to make unbelievable cash. He’s in a really distinctive place as a fighter.”