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Nurmagomedov retired from MMA undefeated as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion after defending his belt successfully for the third time against Justin Gaethje in October 2020. However, this hasn’t stopped Dana White from knocking on his door multiple times to which is starting to make Khabib irritated.
In a recent interview with UFC Russia, Nurmagomedov revealed that White and the whole UFC HQ in Las Vegas have still not given up on his potential return after all this time since his retirement. Khabib then revealed that White didn’t acknowledge his retirement demonstrating the UFC president’s determination to not give up despite Nurmagomedov’s claims to retire.
Khabib stated: “He didn’t realize it, and he didn’t give up. If he was a fighter, then he would never give up. He could be knocked (out) or choked, but he would never give up on his own. I am positive.”
Khabib continued: “Abdelaziz called me a few weeks ago. He asked me, ‘Do you know [what] Dana [White] asked me? And told me, ‘Why does Khabib never ask me how much money I can offer him for his return?’ I asked Abdelaziz, ‘This is the question for me through you or what?’
Khabib lashed out: “LOOK, I AM NOT REALLY INTERESTED. WE WENT DOWN THIS ROAD. I SAID AND DID EVERYTHING I WANTED. I MADE THE DECISION. HOWEVER, HE [DANA WHITE] IS NOT GIVING UP. NOT EVEN DANA BUT THE ENTIRE UFC HQ IN LAS VEGAS. THEY ASSUME I INFLATE MY PRICE OR PREPARE MY AGENDA FOR FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS.”
Khabib closed: “I believe they will understand me and my choice eventually.”
Special thanks to MMA News for the transcription.