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Dana White Expects Khabib Nurmagomedov To Come Out Of Retirement And Reach 30-0

Dana White Expects Khabib Nurmagomedov To Come Out Of Retirement And Reach 30-0

UFC president Dana White believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will come out of retirement and fight once more.

The Dagestani fighter announced his retirement from the sport following his submission victory over Justin Gaethje in the lightweight championship fight in the main event of UFC 254.

After the bout, which Khabib won in the second round despite competing with a broken foot, an emotional Khabib told Jon Anik that he will not be competing again following the loss of his father and coach, Abdulmanap.

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"There's no way I'm going to be back without my father," he said after leaving his gloves on the canvas.

"I spoke to my mother. She don't know how I fight without father, but I promised it's going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow it."

Khabib, a man of principles, has already expressed his interest in moving into coaching and continuing his father's legacy in a different way after a sensational MMA career.

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A final fight would allow Nurmagomedov the chance to move to 30-0 and potentially even fight in front of fans if the timeframe works out.

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Image: PA

UFC Hall of Famer and fellow undefeated former champion George St-Pierre would surely be the main candidate to face the undefeated Khabib in a dream superfight if he can be tempted into making a u-turn.

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There is also the curious case of Tony Ferguson. 'El Cucuy' has continued to call out the UFC's pound-for-pound number one to finally meet after their scheduled fight was cancelled on five separate occasions.

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA, Dana White

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