LAS VEGAS – One more meeting between UFC president Dana White and Khabib Nurmagomedov is on the books.
This weekend, White and his lightweight champion will once extra meet over dinner to discuss alternate. In accordance to White, Nurmagomedov – who’s in Las Vegas to corner Islam Makhachev – hasn’t budged on his boss’ pitches to bring him out of retirement, but White isn’t giving up.
For White, the division isn’t being held up by this resolution, which implies the pursuit of un-retiring Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) can proceed with the Dagestani fighter as UFC champ.
“We’re going to comprise dinner on Saturday or Sunday and beautiful dispute and survey,” White said at a UFC 259 pre-fight data conference held Thursday on the UFC Apex. “I comprise these sorts of fights comprise to play out in that division. From (No. 9) your complete capacity up to No. 1, they’re amazing fights. That you would be able to combine or match them any capacity you want and they’re basically factual fights.”
So White’s plans for now are sure. As he continues to strive to trap Nurmagomedov reduction in, he’ll let the the rest of the lightweight contenders battle it out in non-title fights. The UFC president isn’t ruling out a bonafide No. 1 contender received’t be the appeal Nurmagomedov needs to return.
“Let most of these play out to survey who will fight subsequent for the title,” White said. “I comprise if Khabib is , he’ll bewitch the fight. You don’t survey Khabib announcing, ‘Toddle away me alone. Stop asking me.’ So there’s level-headed a huge gamble. That’s the capacity I scrutinize at it.”
Nurmagomedov, 32, has no longer competed since UFC 254 in October when he defeated Justin Gaethje by 2nd-round submission. Following the legit resolution, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement within the cage, citing a promise to his mother in the wake of his father’s loss of life final summer.
White and Nurmagomedov comprise met just a few instances since then. On the opposite hand, Nurmagomedov hasn’t budged despite White’s tries.
UFC 259 takes internet page Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The predominant card airs on pay-per-survey following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.