In the midst of talks about a rematch with Conor McGregor, UFC president Dana White meets with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Both sides are in Abu Dhabi for UFC 257, which will take place later this month.
Dana White, the UFC’s president, appears to have begun discussions with Khabib Nurmagomedov, the sport’s previous undefeated champion, about a stunning return to the sport. With his second-round submission victory against Justin Gaethje in October, the Russian lightweight retired from the sport after a 29-0-0 record in the UFC.
The absence of Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, who died last year after being diagnosed with Covid-19, was cited as the cause for his decision.
UFC president Dana White, on the other hand, has made no secret of his desire to persuade the 32-year-old to return to the octagon, maybe against former opponent Conor McGregor.
Both parties are presently in Abu Dhabi, preparing for UFC 257, in which the Irishman will seek a second victory over Dustin Poirier in his first fight since a technical knockout victory over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone last year.
A video shared to White’s Twitter account on Friday appears to be a strong indication that Nurmagomedov will fight again.
Let’s get this party started… @TeamKhabib pic.twitter.com/ToOMzjjYkI
The UFC president was seen leading the Russian into an empty room before locking the door behind them, implying that talks between the two parties are already in the works.
“Here we go…,” White captioned the video. #TeamKhabib.”
Nurmagomedov’s coach, Javier Mendez, has suggested that his boxer may be persuaded to return, claiming that the lure of a massive payday from a battle with McGregor may make the Russian unable to refuse the offer.
Mendez told SunSport, “I think Dana has it in his mind to make him an offer he can’t reject.”
“Let’s face it, how many times has Dana failed to accomplish anything he desired? There isn’t much. Dana follows through on his promises.”
Mendez also claimed that Nurmagomedov might not fight in the final if his mother is against it.
He went on to say, “I think if his mother says no, it’s no.” “However, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Dana provides him something to discuss with his mother and gain her approval.”
It’s unclear whether Nurmagomedov and McGregor will fight again in what could be the UFC’s most important fight ever.
The Russian won the first fight between the two, defeating McGregor thanks to his excellent groundwork. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”