Khabib turned down recent comeback opportunity, says UFC president

Khabib Nurmagomedov recently turned down the chance to return to fighting, according to UFC President Dana White.

Nurmagomedov retired undefeated in 2020 shortly after retaining the UFC lightweight title by submitting Justin Gaethje.

The 33-year-old Russian now primarily trains other fighters, including compatriot and longtime friend Islam Makhachev, who will fight for the lightweight title in October.

Speaking of The Jim Rome Show Discussing the possibility of Khabib making a comeback, White said: “I contacted him recently to see if he was interested in anything and he said, ‘I’m retired bro. I’m done.’ I don’t think Khabib will ever come back.

“It was something different, I was trying to get him to do a grappling match. He says, ‘I’m done, I’m retired.’ I think when his father died that was a closure for him and he’s just focused on coaching other guys and helping them become world champions.”

Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, died of Covid-related complications in July 2020, three months before his son retired from mixed martial arts.

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov also coached Khabib, whose win over Gaethje provided a third successful defense of the UFC lightweight title.

All three of these results came by submission, with the previous two coming up against Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

Khabib’s professional MMA record stands at 29-0, with eight of his wins coming by knockout/TKO, 11 by assist and 10 by decision. Khabib turned down recent comeback opportunity, says UFC president

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