KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV will make a sensational return to the UFC later this 12 months – however provided that one of many lightweights competing at UFC 257 impresses him.
The reigning light-weight champion retired from MMA last October following his UFC 254 victory over Justin Gaethje.
However lower than three months after bringing the curtain down on his unblemished profession, the Russian has seemingly reversed his determination to name it a day.
White revealed particulars of his current chat with Nurmagomedov on Saturday evening, saying: “I’m going to look at the 2 light-weight fights at 257.
“If these guys do one thing spectacular and make me wish to come again and battle I’ll battle.”
UFC 257 will happen per week on Saturday on the Etihad Area in Abu Dhabi.
The promotion’s first pay-per-view card of the 12 months will likely be headlined by a lightweight rematch between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
One other tasty 155lb affair serves as the cardboard’s co-main occasion of the night, the place Dan Hooker meets Michael Chandler.
Ought to both of the quartet make a press release in Abu Dhabi, they might quickly find yourself standing throughout from The Eagle.
Nurmagomedov, 29-0, introduced the curtain down on his profession after promising his mom he would not compete with out his late father – Abdulmanap – by his aspect.
White was assured of convincing the satisfaction of Dagestan to battle once more, telling ESPN: “I’m clearly assembly with him as a result of I believe that he ought to battle once more.
“Have a look at what he did to Justin Gaethje [in October].
“Have a look at what he is finished to each opponent he has confronted.
“I believe he ought to battle once more and I’ll press him as onerous as I can for yet one more.”
Nurmgomedov’s head coach, Javier Mendez, expected White to make the pound-for-pound king an extremely tasty offer.
The American Kickboxing Academy chief told SunSport earlier this week: “I believe Dana has it in his thoughts to offer him a proposal he cannot refuse.”
Mendez added: “Let’s face it, what number of instances has Dana failed at doing one thing he wished to do? Not a lot. Dana does what he says.”
Nurmagomedov’s willingness to face all 4 males competing at UFC 257 would counsel he is acquired his mom’s blessing to return.
It additionally paves the best way for a blockbuster rematch with McGregor, whom he fought at UFC 229 in October 2018.
Nurmagomedov scored a fourth-round submission victory over the Irishman, who has been hellbent on getting a rematch with the Dagestani.
McGregor, 32, reckons Nurmagomedov retired as a result of he is scared to share the cage with him once more, telling ESPN: “I believe he is afraid to battle me.
“That is for rattling positive. And I do not blame him. I do know precisely what to face.
“I fought the perfect of him that evening, he fought the worst of me on that evening. He is aware of it, I do know it, his crew is aware of it.
“I’ve the reply to destroy that man. He can pull the wool over individuals’s eyes for less than so lengthy.”