Dana White Reveals What He's Going To Tell Khabib During Their Meeting On 'Fight Island'
UFC president Dana White plans to press Khabib Nurmagomedov for one more fight during their crunch meeting on 'Fight Island' this month.
Nurmagomedov, 32, walked away from the UFC after defending his title in dominant fashion against Justin Gaethje last year.
But White hopes to lure him out of retirement as he eyes a blockbuster rematch between Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
The Irishman, who hasn't fought since January of last year, will return to action at UFC 257 when he rematches Dustin Poirier.
Born for it! @McGregorFast pic.twitter.com/cNN6dVlCnv- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 9, 2021
And White is set to sit down with 'The Eagle' on the week of McGregor's comeback to discuss his future with the 51-year-old looking to squeeze one more fight out of the UFC lightweight champion.
"I'm obviously meeting with him because I think that he should fight again," he told ESPN.
"Look at what he did to Justin Gaethje [in October]. Look at what he's done to every opponent he has faced.
"I think he should fight again and I'm going to press him as hard as I can for one more."
White has previously stated that the winner of McGregor vs. Poirier II will be next in line for a UFC title shot.
One we've waited a long time for...- UFC (@ufc) January 4, 2021
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However, Nurmagomedov's manager Ali Abdelaziz has played down his client running it back with 'The Notorious'.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, he said: "[Would] beating Conor McGregor mean anything? I don't know.
"But I think it would mean a lot for the fans, and I think financially, it's a huge fight. But we know Khabib. It's hard to persuade him financially."
Abdelaziz added: "But my man Dana White and Khabib, they're going to meet.
"I think they're going to meet in Abu Dhabi, and after that, Khabib's going to come to Vegas and they're going to go to dinner in Vegas, and we're going to figure it out.
"Like I said, this is big boys' business. I'm going to let them do what they do, and I'll be a fan."
Will Nurmagomedov end his retirement and return to the UFC? Watch this space.
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