Dana White has officially given up on trying to persuade Khabib Nurmagomedov to not retire
Nearly a full seven months since he first announced it in the cage, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is now officially a retired fighter, per UFC President Dana White.
White took to social media to confirm Nurmagomedov has stood put on his decision after several meetings between the two over the past several months.
Twitter shares its thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement and legacy
Nurmagomedov had announced his retirement in the Octagon following his victory over Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254 in October, citing the passing of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, due to COVID-19, and a promise he made to his mother to stop fighting.
White had several meetings with Nurmagomedov in an attempt to bring him back for at least one more fight to get him to 30-0, which had been rumored to be everything from a once-strongly desired fight against Georges St Pierre to a big-money rematch with fierce rival Conor McGregor.
During the inaugural UFC on ABC broadcast on January 16 (aka UFC Fight Island 7), White announced that Nurmagomedov may come back if he was impressed by any of the participants in the following week’s UFC 257 headliners — Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker.
Alas, it was not enough and Nurmagomedov is firm on his decision.
See how Twitter responded to the confirmation:
The next UFC lightweight champion will be determined at UFC 262 on May 15, when Chandler fights Charles Oliveira.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, will remain to help and mentor fighters, such as up-and-coming lightweight Islam Makhachev
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