UFC president Dana White has plans to meet with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov this week in Abu Dhabi and the topic of conversation will be persuading Nurmagomedov to return to the UFC once more.
In October, Nurmagomedov announced his immediate retirement from mixed martial arts after defeating Justin Gaethje via second-round submission.
“I’m obviously meeting with him because I think that he should fight again,” White told ESPN. “Look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Look at what he’s done to every opponent he has faced. … I think he should fight again and I’m going to press him as hard as I can for one more.”
When Nurmagomedov announced his retirement, he also revealed that he made a promise to his mother that he wouldn’t compete again.
“She didn’t want me to fight without father, but I promised her it was going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here,” Nurmagomedov said following his victory.
But Dana White and the UFC still plan to pressure Nurmagomedov into returning to the UFC for one more fight.
In this video, Patrick Auger, Matthew Wells, and Drake Riggs share their thoughts on Dana White’s recent comments.
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Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.