Dana White Says Conversation With Khabib On Fighting Future Will Be Short
UFC President Dana White expects talks with Khabib Nurmagomedov on the future to be brief.
Nurmagomedov is still the UFC Lightweight Champion despite announcing his retirement. “The Eagle” successfully defended his gold against Justin Gaethje back in October. The title fight headlined UFC 254 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. After the fight, Nurmagomedov said he’s walking away from MMA competition at the request of his mother.
White has maintained that he believes Nurmagomedov made his announcement in the heat of the moment and will ultimately decide to return. Speaking to MMAJunkie, the UFC boss revealed that he anticipates a short talk with “The Eagle” to decide whether or not to vacate the 155-pound gold.
“It’s going to be a five-minute conversation. It’s yes or no. It’s yes or no.”
White said he isn’t interested in going back-and-forth with Nurmagomedov in a lengthy conversation as he feels the lightweight titleholder has had enough time to make a final decision.
“When I left Abu Dhabi last time, and he and I were texting, we went back and forth on why I think he should keep fighting. He was super emotional coming out of that fight. He’s had time now to rest, think about it, (and) all the other things. This is going to be a five-minute conversation. … I think he’ll fight, but we’ll see. It’s not going to be an argument or a lengthy conversation. It’s going to be a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are scheduled to collide in a rematch on January 23. While the winner could be in line for a title shot, White insists there’s no chance for a vacant title to be on the line at the last minute.