Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals ‘new meeting with Dana White later this month’… but retired UFC star insists ‘the division must go on’ and argues Dustin Poirier should be champion
- Khabib Nurmagomedov remains retired following his last win over Justin Gaethje
- There had been comeback talk, fuelled by UFC president Dana White’s optimism
- And Russian pound-for-pound No 1 revealed he has a meeting with White soon
- But he added that the lightweight division ‘must go on’ without him
Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed another meeting is in the pipeline with Dana White at the end of the month but insists the lightweight division must go on.
There had been optimism that last month’s meeting between the lightweight champion and UFC president on Fight Island would lead to a return.
But Khabib reiterated his will to stay retired and told White he was at a far higher level that Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Michael Chandler and Dan Hooker, who all fought at UFC 257.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (left) revealed he has a meeting with Dana White (right) this month
He wants the lightweight division to go on without him and thinks Dustin Poirier should be champion having defeated Conor McGregor last month
Khabib has now revealed the next meeting with White to Match TV in Russia, but did not discuss what it would be surrounding.
It seems highly unlikely that it will involve negotiations for him to fight again as he also told them that ‘the division needs to go on’.
It had been expected that McGregor would beat Poirier in their rematch but the Irishman suffered the first stoppage loss of his career in the second round.
Khabib cornered his cousin at UFC 257 and met with White on Fight Island in January
Poirier devastated his opponent with calf kicks before moving in for the kill but the belt does not yet belong to him.
In Khabib’s eyes, it should, and he added that he thinks ‘Poirier should be the champion’ at 155-pounds.
White will no doubt try once more to lure Khabib back and there remains a chance he could one day return to the octagon when the landscape of the division is different.
But given his lack of excitement at facing anyone in his weight class and promise to his mother that would no longer fight without his late father Abdulmanap there, the chances of Khabib coming back soon are extremely small.
The UFC’s hopes of having Khabib rematch McGregor are more distant now than ever