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Khabib Nurmagomedov Responds To Dana White's Comments On UFC Return

Khabib Nurmagomedov Responds To Dana White's Comments On UFC Return

Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken for the first time since holding a meeting with Dana White.

The pair sat down in Abu Dhabi this week and on Saturday night's Fight Night card, the UFC president revealed that the undefeated lightweight champion was looking for "something spectacular" to entice him back into competing inside the Octagon.

But despite White being optimistic about the chances of the 29-0 fighter returning, Nurmagomedov has given a new interview and does not sound like a man itching to get back into the ring.

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He made a promise to his mother following the passing of his father ahead of his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 and looks set to keep it, while he is also concentrating on other ventures away from UFC.

"I have achieved almost everything in this sport and there isn't someone I would like to fight right now," Khabib said.

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"I know that there are many fighters who would like to earn money, who strive for something. What should I do?

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"Something has to happen for me to come back. And if we talk about my business projects - I have so much to do that is planned and fights are not in these plans.

"My mother is the most precious thing I have left. Come on, you won't push me to do things that will disappoint my mother. I don't even have any plans for the UFC in the near future."

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Khabib cornered his cousin Umar for his impressive UFC debut on 'Fight Island' on Wednesday and recently showered praise on Max Holloway for his masterclass win over Calvin Kattar.

"I really like Max, we were supposed to fight in 2018. I think his time is going to come and end of the year, maybe next year," 'The Eagle' told Full Reptile.

"It was his best performance; he is more of a great fighter today than he was a couple of days ago.

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"This was his best performance, but in future, in a couple of years he has the chance to show and become maybe the best fighter of all time."

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

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