Last month at UFC 254. Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his title against Justin Gaethje and then announced his retirement from the sport, citing his father, Abdulmanap, and a promise to his mother. I will stop playing. However, just a few days after his announcement, UFC President Dana White assumed that Khabib might not be done and teased that he believes the lightweight champion will return at least once more to pursue the tournament. Green 30-0. But whether Dana White believes it, or perhaps hopes it will come true, not everyone else is so sure, not even Khabib’s friend and teammate, former second-division second-division champion Daniel Cormier.
Speaking on his ESPN program DC & Helwani, Cormier insisted that Dana White was doing what he should do as a promoter, hoping Khabib would change his mind, but he still told Nurmagomedov that he was done fighting.
“The only thing I told Khabib was, ̵6;Brother, you have the shortest retirement in history. You retired for three days! “Cormier joked. “We are not much involved in it. We laughed about that a bit but you know, I think if you were Dana White, you were saying what you needed. Hopefully that’s what Khabib wants to do.
“I think if you are Dana White and UFC, you hope that’s what Khabib wants to do, but as I said last week, if Khabib Nurmagomedov made his word, generally speaking it’s true. Now, am I surprised at the economic impact a war he can have on him? No, and I wouldn’t judge him for that if he came back. He is 32 years old for the sake of God and he can still beat everyone in the world. But there are things that if he says it’s his word, then I will accept him. “
Khabib’s retirement will surely be a topic of buzz in the coming months. The thing is, if he really leaves the MMA, then that leaves a void on top of the best league in the sport. Once again, the general consensus seems to be that the next rumored rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will be for the vacant title but that also means the UFC has to give in to the notion that Nurmagomedov has retired. , and so far, Dana White has insisted they will not strip Khabib’s title. And for Cormier, that’s just good business. DC believes that with the value that Khabib brings, there is no reason to rush to the light championship position.
“So clever now,” Cormier said of not stripping Nurmagomedov. “I think it’s smart and it speaks volumes about the value Khabib has… Henry Cejudo said he was done, the same night they announced Petr Yan would fight someone for that title. You don’t do that with Khabib Nurmagomedov. You sit and hope. You wait and hope. Like Dana said, he was very emotional. You can see it, all of it came from him. So you sit and you wait and you hope that the stance changes and you get that thirtieth war.
“You don’t (even) have to make a decision in January. I think you can wait until next summer … However, the reality is, given the way things went along with the pandemic and everything, Khabib will fight in April but he is didn’t fight until October (and) no one screamed, ‘Get your belt off him.’ You have time associated with Khabib Nurmagomedov and if the impulse happens and he needs more time, create another provisional title and he will beat the temporary champion. That is exactly what happened in the last few times. “
Nurmagomedov has a history of playing against temporary champions, having done so in his last two title defenses. And Cormier argues that creating a third chance is in the UFC’s best interests, because if McGregor wins that interim title, it might be their best shot at taking Nurmagomedov for a one-more walk. again.
“Can you imagine if McGregor won the interim championship and now you go to Khabib and go,” Hey, October, Abu Dhabi, you and McGregor again, money boats “? Because now, you’re Khabib, you’re gone, you can say, ‘I want more,’ and chances are you’ll get more because it’s the run home. It’s a home run, you and McGregor. ”
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