KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has met with UFC president Dana White to start discussions over a possible return to the octagon.
The UFC‘s light-weight champion rendezvoused with White on Friday afternoon forward of UAE Warriors’ newest present in Abu Dhabi.
White introduced their eagerly-anticipated assembly to the world on Twitter, sharing a video of them going into a non-public room and shutting the door.
His accompanying caption learn: “Right here we go…@TeamKhabib.”
Nurmagomedov retired from blended martial arts final October after his submission victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
White, like many others, was surprised by the Russian’s resolution to hold up his gloves, which stemmed from the passing of his late father.
The UFC chief, nevertheless, is assured of convincing The Eagle to return to the cage.
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White advised ESPN: “I’m clearly assembly with him as a result of I believe that he ought to struggle once more.
“Take a look at what he did to Justin Gaethje [in October].
“Take a look at what he is executed to each opponent he has confronted.
“I believe he ought to struggle once more and I’ll press him as laborious as I can for another.”
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He added: “As a promoter, you always want to see the best guys in the world, but at the same time, when a guy wants to retire, he probably should.
“The difference with a guy like Khabib is he’s been through so much, and losing his dad was a major blow to him. Yet, his dad wanted him to hit 30-0.”
Nurmagomedov, 32, promised his mother he’d retire from the sport after she told him she no longer wanted him to fight without his father.
The Dagestani destroyer is seemingly dead set on not competing again, but his head coach – Javier Mendez – reckons White will tempt him to lace up his gloves again with a mouth-watering offer.