Dana White Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Probably Won’t ‘Ever Come Back’
It seems like Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t changing his mind on retirement anytime soon.
Nurmagomedov previously revealed that he had turned down offers from the UFC. UFC President Dana White responded to the news and said that he wasn’t going to give up, but it seems like that’s been put to an end.
“I just reached out to him recently to see if he’s interested in something and he’s like, ‘I’m retired, brother. I’m done.
“I don’t think Khabib ever comes back.
“It was something different. I was trying to get him to do a grappling match. He’s like, ‘I’m done, I’m retired,” White said on the “Jim Rome Show.”
White said he thinks that the death of Nurmagomedov’s father plays a part into him not wanting to unretire.
Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated with 29 wins, retired at 32 years old after submitting Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in 2020.
This was also after the death of his father, who reportedly died due to Covid-19 complications.
Since then, Nurmagomedov has been running his promotion, Eagle FC, and is currently training Islam Makhachev, who faces Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 280.