Dana White Confirms McGregor vs. Poirier 2 Is NOT For UFC Title
UFC President Dana White is holding out hope that Khabib Nurmagomedov will return to the Octagon.
Back in October, Nurmagomedov took on Justin Gaethje in an undisputed lightweight title bout. Nurmagomedov scored the second-round submission finish. After the fight, “The Eagle” announced his retirement. He cited his mother’s wish to stop fighting with the loss of his father, Abdulmanap.
Speaking to reporters following the latest edition of his Contender Series, White said he believes Nurmagomedov will think twice about retiring (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“I didn’t know that happened. I told you guys that I think he’s gonna go to [30-0]. If he’s still testing, why the hell would you want to test if you’re not gonna fight?
“He hasn’t committed, but I feel like he’s gonna. I’m not really pushing him. We talked about it and he just fought. Let him take some time, spend some time with his family, spend the holidays. There’s no rush.”
White went on to say that the planned January rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will not be contested for a championship.
“No, [it won’t be for the title],” White explained. “Khabib’s gonna fight (again). I believe he’s gonna fight. It’s not for the title.”
Nurmagomedov recently turned some heads with an Instagram post. He revealed taking a drug test from USADA. That means that despite announcing his retirement, “The Eagle” has not been removed from the testing pool. This has led many to speculate that White may be on to something. It’ll be interesting to see what Khabib ultimately decides to do.