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  • Khabib: 'donít push me to do things that will disappoint my motherí

    UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may have left his recent meeting with a different impression of what transpired than his longtime promoter, UFC President Dana White.

    White recently suggested Nurmagomedov was waiting to see the outcomes from a series of high-profile lightweight fights after a much-discussed meeting in Abu Dhabi with the 32-year-old fighter, who remains lightweight champion despite announcing his retirement at UFC 254. But in a recent interview given to Russian news outlet Sport24, Nurmagomedov indicated fighting is not part of his current plans, and he doesn’t see an opponent that motivates a return to the octagon.

    According to the translation of Nurmagomedov in the video, the lightweight champ said he’d “achieved almost everything in this sport” and didn’t have the drive that justified breaking a promise he made to his mother after his most recent fight, a submission win over Justin Gathje that unified the lightweight title and extended his unbeaten streak to 29 fights.

    “I know that there are many fighters who would like to earn money, who strive for something,” he said. “What should I do? A lot of people don’t want to understand my side. I don’t see that yet.”

    Of a potential return, Nurmagomedov said “something has to happen for me to come back” and noted his current business plans, which include cornering his teammates, running the Eagles Fighting Championship, and other projects. On Wednesday, he was seen in the corner of his cousin, Umar Nurmagomedov, who submitted Sergey Morozov in his octagon debut at UFC Fight Island 8.

    With business in Abu Dhabi, Nurmagomedov’s meeting with White was highly anticipated. The UFC president predicted the champ would make a return for his 30th fight. But afterward, the promoter stopped short of confirming such a move, saying it depended on what other top lightweights did.

    Nurmagomedov said he continues to train MMA, but his work is for personal pleasure and not professional. Asked about the promise he made to his mother not to compete after UFC 254, which followed the death of his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov from complications of COVID-19, he indicated he takes very seriously what he said.


    “My mother is the most precious thing I have left,” he said. “Come on, you won’t push me to do things that will disappoint my mother.”

    Nurmagomedov didn’t appear to declare he would never fight again. For the near future, though, he said he has no “plans for the UFC in the near future.” And to those who might pressure him otherwise, he asked to consider the path that led him to his current stance.

    “I have left it behind,” he said. “Don’t torment me, let me enjoy what I have for today. And just so you know, I’ve sacrificed a lot to get to this level.”

  • #2
    I roll my eyes to that.

    I don't think his mom would care that much about his profession. Probably just want him to be firm in his actions. So if he wants to be retired and not fight without his father, be a man and do so. If you want to still fight, even without your father, then be a man and stand firm in that action.

    But to be like "omg, my mom. i don't fght." shut up dude. Just be retired, damn. lol

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    • #3
      Khabib will only come back for one fight, against Dana.

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      • #4
        Dana White is a true scumbag.

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        • #5
          Dana always claims he leaves mfers alone once they say they are done but he's publicly milking the fook outta Khabib's retirement.

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          • #6
            Khabib should only come back to fight Tony Ferguson.

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            • #7
              Dana is trying to milk this as much as possible...if every lightweight fight for the next few months has the "what if whoever wins fights khabib" story, more people tune in. I hope Khabib stays retired.

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              • #8
                If this momma's boy was truly done he wouldn't put himself in that kind of spotlight anymore. You can ***** about Dana trying to do his job but momma's boy is the one who keeps accepting these meetings in public continues to tease another fight. He's full of it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BKM- View Post
                  If this momma's boy was truly done he wouldn't put himself in that kind of spotlight anymore. You can ***** about Dana trying to do his job but momma's boy is the one who keeps accepting these meetings in public continues to tease another fight. He's full of it.
                  He was never coming back. They just used his name to sell ppv for porier vs conor , so more people buy and conors legacy remains , therefore UFC and Dana still have a mega cash cow

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                  • #10
                    I'm torn. On the one hand, I wanna see another match. On the other, I know they're just trying to milk this as much as they can.

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