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Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov to remain in retirement unless McGregor and Poirier do ‘something spectacular’

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Dana White urged Khabib Nurmagomedov to continue his mixed martial arts career despite his retirement after a bid on Justin Gaethje to retain his UFC lightweight title at UFC 254 in October.

White – a week before Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon for a rematch with Dustin Poirier – has met with the undefeated Dagestan fighter to see if he can get another fight against the champion. Unfortunately, it looks like he missed it.

For the moment.

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White appeared on the show “UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar” to reveal what came out of his in-camera conversation with Nurmagomedov. It seems that the champion is content to move away from the sport, at the request of his mother, after the tragic death of his father. Still, White seems to think there is a chance he could coerce Nurmagomedov into the cage one last time.

“Basically what he’s feeling right now is that he’s accomplished everything he needed to accomplish,” White told Jon Anik on the show. He said, ‘I’m gonna watch this fight if these guys do something spectacular and make me want to come back. “I have a feeling that if someone delivers, they will come back.”

Clearly the biggest fight the UFC could fight would be Nurmagomedov’s rematch against McGregor, who set a record for highest mixed martial arts attendance and live portal in Nevada, with 17.2 million. dollars of income. It also set the record for the largest pay-per-view MMA event, with 2.4 million purchases in the United States. But Nurmagomedov has made it clear on several occasions that he has very little interest in facing McGregor again after dominating and scoring a fourth-round submission from the former two-division champion.

That won’t stop White from trying. And, in the event that McGregor fails against Poirier at UFC 257, he said the champ paid close attention not only to Charles Oliviera’s rise to power, but the main UFC 257 co-event as well. between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler’s promotional debut. .

If nothing else, White is persistent.

“If these guys can do anything special I think Khabib will fight them.”


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