UFC president Dana White is determined to book reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov another fight.
Khabib Nurmagomedov last fought against former interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 which took place last October at the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. It was for the first time that the Russian fought since the loss of his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov to Covid-19.
Following his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov vowed to not return back to the Octagon again as he had promised his mother that he wouldn’t fight again without his father by his side.
However, in an interview with ESPN, Dana White said that he is going to meet Khabib in Abu Dhabi as UFC moves to the Island for its third instalment.
“I’m obviously meeting with him because I believe that he should fight again,” White said in an interview with ESPN. “I mean, look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Look at what he’s done to every opponent he has faced. Like when I wanted [Daniel] Cormier to stay, I still think they’re the best in the world. And then there’s always the argument, well, it’s never a bad thing to go out on top.
“And when you talk about money, I mean Khabib has money beyond belief. This guy doesn’t ever have to work again and he still has the ability to do things to make unbelievable money. He’s in a very unique position as a fighter.”
“I think he should fight again and I’m gonna press him as hard as I can for one more,” White added.
Dana White wants to see Khabib Nurmagomedov fight 10 times
While Dana White admitted that he wants to see Khabib fight inside the Octagon again, he said that from a fan’s perspective he wants to see him fight 10 times.
“As a promoter, you always want the best guys in the world but at the same time as a promoter, when a guy wants to retire he probably should if that’s even crossing your mind or thinking,” White said. “The difference with a guy like Khabib is he’s been through so much and losing his dad was such a major blow to him. It’s something that they did together, yet his dad wanted him to hit 30-0.
“But as a fight fan, I want Khabib to fight 10 more.”
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