Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the sport of MMA after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. The Dagestani was in tears at the post-fight interview when he revealed that he wouldn’t be able to compete again without his late father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov by the ring side. ‘The Eagle’ had also promised his mother that he wouldn’t fight again following the Justin fight.
Despite a ton of rumors hinting that he would make a comeback, the Russian stayed trued to his word. On the 18th of March, he put an end to all these rumors by officially confirming his retirement with UFC President Dana White.
However, the question about Khabib Nurmagomedov making a comeback still rages on and on. In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Khabib was asked by Okamoto if he would fancy a chance to comeback in case the current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira goes on an absolute tear. Khabib made it clear that he had no intentions of returning to the sport, and wouldn’t return however good Oliveira turns out to be.
‘At that time, it was Khabib’s time… Now it’s Charles’ time‘
Khabib Nurmagomedov was quoted as saying, “I’d say, ‘At that time, it was Khabib’s time. Now it’s Charles’ time.’ I’m going to say that. I’m not going to just jump to the media and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to come back and fight with this guy.’ This is not interesting for me. Even if Charles Oliveira beats Justin Gaethje, Islam, Dustin, everybody, this is his time. I’m going to be happy for him. I’m going to send congratulations to Charles, you’re doing a very good job.” [via MMA Fighting]
Khabib Nurmagomedov has currently got his hands full as he has two important fights (for his fellow Dagestani brothers) coming up. Islam Makhachev will be taking on Thiago Moises on the 17th of July, this weekend. This will be the first time Makhachev is headling a fight in the UFC.