Ex-UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov To Stay Retired
Khabib Nurmagomedov did what few in MMA ever do, leave while on top. Nurmagomedov left the sport with a flawless 29-0 record, the UFC lightweight title, and the top spot on the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. Recently the UFC legend chatted about his retirement saying, “I have no desire to come back and I don’t think I ever will.”
Nurmagomedov never contemplated returning to the Octagon after he retired earlier this year. His last fight was at UFC 254 in October where he first revealed his intentions to step away from mixed martial arts following his submission win over Justin Gaethje.
UFC President Dana White was convinced he could bring Khabib back for at least one more fight. That ended up not being the case and Nurmagomedov was finished with MMA competition.
Outside of the Octagon Nurmagomedov has been busy getting his own company, Eagle Fight Club, off the ground and helping family and friends with their respective MMA careers.
Despite Nurmagomedov being retired, there have still been plenty of whispers that he could one day come back and fight someone such as Georges St-Pierre in a super fight. As far as the Russian goes, however, it feels like at this point a return is not in the cards.