Khabib Nurmagomedov Shares Theory On Why UFC Hasn’t Vacated Lightweight Title

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov thinks he knows why the UFC hasn’t vacated the 155-pound gold yet.

Nurmagomedov last stepped inside the Octagon back in October. He put his UFC Lightweight Championship on the line against Justin Gaethje. The title fight headlined UFC 254. Nurmagomedov turned in a stellar performance, submitting Gaethje in the second round via triangle choke.

After the fight, “The Eagle” took off his gloves and announced his retirement from MMA competition. Nurmagomedov cited his mother’s wish to have him stop fighting after the loss of his father, Abdulmanap.

UFC President Dana White has expressed his belief that Nurmagomedov announced his retirement in the heat of the moment. The UFC boss feels “The Eagle” will decide to fight at least one more time to fulfill his father’s wish of going 30-0.

Speaking to Match TV, Nurmagomedov shared his thoughts on remaining the UFC Lightweight Champion despite his retirement announcement.

“Dana White and I are constantly in touch – we did not discuss the moment about the vacancy of the belt. I think this is due to the fact that the organization really wants me to resume my career. This is understandable – I spent nine years in the league, I had a lot of fights, became the champion, defended the title, never lost, I have a huge fan base from all over the world. My performances are already a kind of history. The desire of the UFC is understandable to me, I don’t blame them. I will not hide – they persuade me to return. There is nothing surprising. They offer conditions, fighters – but this is hard to surprise me, they have no one to offer me. Soon, in a couple of weeks, we will meet with Dana and discuss.”

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