Khabib Nurmagomedov Denies UFC Comeback Rumors

Khabib Nurmagomedov at the Synergy Global Foru in 2019. Photo by Kommersant Photo Agency/Shutterstock

Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov once again had to deny the frequent and escalating rumors about his return to MMA. In a recent interview with Sport24, Nurmagomedov said that he will remain retired despite recent statements by UFC President Dana White.

White recently sparked the imagination of MMA fans by saying that Nurmagomedov might reconsider his retirement if his potential challengers, including Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, show “something spectacular” in their next fights. Nurmagomedov and White had a chat about the topic during their meeting at UFC Fight Island 8 last week.

Nurmagomedov now decided to set the record straight and share his version of the story.

“I have achieved almost everything in this sport, and there isn’t someone I would like to fight now,” he told Sport24. “A lot of people don’t want to understand my side. I don’t see that yet. I train for myself. If we talk about all my business projects that are planned, fights are not in these plans.”

You can check out the entire interview below.

Khabib Nurmagomedov retired in October after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 and defending his UFC lightweight belt for the third time. He walked away with an impressive 29-0 record.