Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC comeback | Dana White says door open, Conor McGregor rematch

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has left the door open for a UFC comeback, according to Dana White.

Nurmagomedov (29-0) retired after beating Justin Gaethje last year, saying that in the wake of his father Abdulmanap’s death from COVID-19 complications, he had promised his mother that he would stop fighting.

Yet UFC president White has been trying to coax the Dagestani legend, 32, back into the Octagon and is yet to vacate his lightweight championship. He met with Nurmagomedov and revealed the result of the conversation on America’s ABC, which broadcast a Fight Night card for the first time on Sunday (AEDT).

Desperate to rematch Nurmagomedov with Conor McGregor, White said that the wrestling phenom would closely watch the Irishman’s fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 next weekend.

“His words to me were, ‘I’m gonna watch this fight.’ He said, ‘I would never tie up the division, hold the belt, and keep the belt away from anybody else. If these guys do something spectacular, show me something spectacular, and make me want to come back and fight’,” White said.

“So I have the feeling if somebody delivers, it could be on the co-main event or the main event, and he thought [Charles] Oliveira looked good (vs Tony Ferguson). If these guys can do something special, Khabib will fight them.”

Prior to fulfilling his promise to his mother, Nurmagomedov had intended to retire with a flawless 30-0 record.

White later revealed that UFC icon Georges St-Pierre, a former welterweight and middleweight champion, was no longer an option for Nurmagomedov.

McGregor, emphatically beaten by Nurmagomedov in a 2018 stoppage at UFC 229, recently goaded his rival over his sudden retirement. Nurmagomedov vs McGregor was the highest-selling pay-per-view event in UFC history.

Nurmagomedov has also already beaten Poirier, via submission in 2019 at UFC 242. He was an unstoppable force in the Octagon, winning 13 fights under the UFC banner.

However, Nate Diaz had his two cents on Sunday.

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