Khabib reveals UFC chief Dana White made fresh approach to lure him out of retirement despite vow to leave Eagle alone

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has revealed UFC president Dana White recently made another attempt to lure him out of retirement – despite promising to leave him alone.

The undefeated Nurmagomedov hung up his gloves last October after a second-round submission victory over Justin Gaethje.


UFC supremo White tried to convince the Russian to perform a U-turn but gave up in March, but the Eagle claims the 51-year-old recently reached out to his manager to discuss a return.

He told UFC Russia: “You know, a few days ago, I don’t know whether I can go on record, (Ali) Abdelaziz called me a few weeks ago.

"He asked me, ‘Do you know what Dana White asked me?’ and told me (that Dana said), ‘Why does Khabib never ask me how much money I can offer for his return?’

"I asked Abdelaziz, ‘This is the question for me through you or what?’ And he told me, ‘Nah, Dana just asked."

Nurmagomedov's decision to retire stemmed from the death of his father and head coach Abdulmanap, who passed away last July.

The Dagestanti destroyer promised his mother he'd no longer compete without his later father by his side and has no intention to go back on his word.

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The 32-year-old added: “Look, I am really not interested. We went down this road. I said and did everything I wanted.

"I made the decision. However, (White) is not giving up. Not even Dana but the entire UFC headquarters in Las Vegas.

"They assume I inflate my price or prepare my agenda for future negotiations. I left, ‘But come on guys, change my mind give me money or something.’

"It feels like that for me. I believe they will understand me and my choice eventually."

Nurmagomedov may be content with his decision to hang up his gloves, but his coach Javier Mendez recently revealed the former lightweight king misses the feeling of competing.

The American Kickboxing Academy chief told Betway Insider: “You know, when we went to the last fight and his cousin Abubakar was to fight, he just got all energized, and he said, ‘I miss this feeling.’

"And it’s a feeling that he’s gonna miss for a while because of that adrenaline you get from entering that octagon with all those people cheering you on.

"It’s hard to replace that in normal life because normal life is not like that."

He added: “I don’t talk to him about if he’s tempted to get back in, so I don’t know.

"What I do know is his mother’s bond and his mother’s wishes are extremely important to him, and if he did ever decide, it would have to be his mother and him talking, and his mother would have to give him her blessing.

"Even if he wanted to fight, it’s never gonna happen. He will not disobey his mother; he will not. That’s just who he is.”

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