Khabib Nurmagomedov retired after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 – or did he?
The Russian declared that he wouldn’t struggle no extra after promising his mom that his struggle with Gaethje could be his ultimate struggle.
His father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, had handed attributable to coronary heart issues earlier this 12 months and The Eagle stated he didn’t need to struggle with out his father in his nook anymore.
Nevertheless, Khabib stays within the drug testing pool to compete in UFC and following his struggle with Gaethje, he has shared on social media extra exams.
Reporters quizzed Dana White on why Khabib would stay in testing if he didn’t intend on preventing and the UFC president advised that he’ll certainly struggle once more.
“I didn’t know that occurred,” White instructed reporters about Nurmagomedov’s check in a video posted by The Mac Life. “I instructed you guys that I feel he’s gonna go to [30-0]. If he’s nonetheless testing, why the hell would you need to check when you’re not gonna struggle?
“He hasn’t dedicated, however I really feel like he’s gonna. I’m not likely pushing him. We talked about it and he simply fought. Let him take a while, spend a while together with his household, spend the vacations. There’s no rush.”
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are all however set to fulfill for a second time early subsequent 12 months they usually’re broadly anticipated to headline UFC 257 on January 23.
White says the struggle will doubtless happen in Abu Dhabi, however it’s not clear if the occasion might be a one-off or whether or not Struggle Island will see a string of occasions.
What is evident, although, is that this struggle won’t be for the light-weight title. That very a lot stays round Kahbib’s waist in accordance with White.
“No, [it won’t be for the title],” White defined. “Khabib’s gonna struggle (once more). I consider he’s gonna struggle. It’s not for the title.”