Khabib Nurmagomedov implies that he does not want to be the reason behind the linger on of the uncertainty around the UFC Lightweight title. The fighter intends to relinquish the title.
Ever since he has announced his retirement at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov has kept his headstrong approach intact and has waylaid all the attempts of Dana White, who wants to persuade him to come back.
While the UFC president is apparently still hellbent on convincing the Eagle to return for another bout, it seems Khabib has moved on from the role of a fighter and now wants to explore the other areas of the fight business. Thus, with all that is said, it appears that Khabib is in no mood to return, however, as long as he remains the undisputed Lightweight titleholder, the speculations will remain rife about his comeback.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Intends to relinquish the UFC Lightweight title
In a recent interview with Russia’s Match TV, Khabib talked about what he intends to do if not fight and also revealed what he told Dana via Text message.
“I’m focused on my own big projects, four or five of them. I have to spend time on them,” Khabib said (translation via RT Sport). “As for my career as a fighter, I don’t want to go into details. Dana’s an honest person, we always had an honest relationship. I think he’ll let the media know the message that I sent him a week ago. It’s not a secret. I just told him how I’d like things to develop, not only related to me but the lightweight division in general. I told (Dana) I don’t want the division to be held up. But on the other hand, fighters have only just been in action. And people already understand in general who we’ll see fighting for the title.”
‘We’ll sit down and talk’
In the run-up to UFC 257, speculations were rife about a potential Conor Vs. Khabib rematch, however, after what transpired at the event it is Dustin Poirier, who has attained a fair and square permit to fight for the title. And with Khabib being still the champion, Dana White ostensibly wants Nurmagomedov to defend the title against Poirier.
“I know they’re already making plans, I think for around May or June for a title fight,” Khabib said. “But between who? Dana told me he isn’t done yet. I can say that. When I told him the lightweight division needs to move on, he told me he isn’t done. He said to me, ‘When you fly to Vegas at the end of February, we’ll sit down and talk. Dana needs to make some kind of decision. But whatever the decision, I’ll agree with it.”
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