Khabib Nurmagomedov has been retired for only one month, but it surely seems as if his MMA return is imminent.
The 29-Zero fighter walked away from UFC following his profitable light-weight title defence over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, because the Russian mentioned he didn’t need to combat with out his late father in his nook anymore.
He promised his mom the Gaethje encounter could be his final, however he doesn’t look like a fighter who has significantly walked away from the game – and there’s a number of causes to imagine he hasn’t.
Khabib has remained within the drug testing pool and posted a tweet about his newest check following his second-round victory over Gaethje.
Moreover, Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier has now been made for UFC 257 in January, however president Dana White has refused to make the combat for the title it was assumed Khabib would vacate had he retired.
And White won’t make it for the interim belt, both.
On Instagram on Wednesday, Khabib gave the clearest indicator but that he’s making ready to make a U-turn, posting ‘see you quickly, Dana White’.
The UFC president replied with a fist and it appears as if the pair are on the identical web page concerning their future plans.
Only some weeks faraway from Khabib’s announcement, White revealed that they had been holding talks.
“I’ll inform you this and I haven’t advised anyone this but, however Khabib and I’ve been speaking,” White advised the Zach Gelb Present final month.
“He was fully emotional that evening when he bought by that combat. I’ve a sense that he may go for 30-0.
“I do [think he’s coming back]. I believe that he’s not going to retire. His dad wished him to get to 30-Zero and I believe he needs to honour his dad’s want.”
One has to assume that if McGregor defeats Poirier, White and the UFC can be determined to make the rematch with Khabib from their UFC 229 encounter which is the best-drawing PPV in UFC historical past by a rustic mile.