UFC President Dana White Makes Announcement On Khabib's Retirement
Dana White says Khabib Nurmagomedov will return to the UFC if any of the lightweight stars at UFC 257 do something spectacular.
Nurmagomedov walked away from the promotion after defending his UFC lightweight title against Justin Gaethje last year.
He announced his shock retirement in the Octagon with the undefeated fighter holding talks with UFC boss White last night.
And the 51-year-old has revealed that 'The Eagle' will reverse his retirement decision if any of the UFC 257 contenders do something spectacular and make him want to come back.
"He's accomplished everything he set out to accomplish," he said during the broadcast of Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar.
"He thought that Oliveira looked really good in his fight against Tony Ferguson. Next Saturday, we have the McGregor-Poirier fight and Chandler and Hooker on there.
"His words to me were, 'I'm gonna watch this fight.' He said, 'I would never tie up the division, hold the belt, keep the belt away from anybody else.
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"These guys do something spectacular, show me something spectacular, and make me want to come back and fight.'
"So I have a feeling that if somebody delivers, it could be on the co-main event or the main event and like I said he thought Oliveira looked good.
"Two fights coming up, if these guys can do something special, Khabib will fight them."
"Show me something spectacular! Make me come back and fight!"@TeamKhabib's words to the lightweight division!
The Eagle opens the door to a return following #UFC257 pic.twitter.com/qatDzoR39H
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) January 16, 2021
"Show me something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight."@danawhite explained to @Jon_Anik what @TeamKhabib told him during their meeting, addressing the lightweights fighting at #UFC257 pic.twitter.com/oFr4TmCNI3
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 16, 2021
Of course, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier clash in the main-event of UFC 257 next weekend.
And UFC newcomer Michael Chandler faces Dan Hooker in the co-main event on 'Fight Island'.
There's also Charles Oliveira who dominated Tony Ferguson at UFC 256.
Will Nurmagomedov return to action and attempt to reach 30-0? Watch this space.
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