Don’t defend your breath staring at for Khabib Nurmagomedov to return.
A comeback to the octagon doesn’t seem too promising for the unbeaten UFC light-weight champion, who with out notice retired from the sport back in October after efficiently defending his title in opposition to Justin Gaethje at UFC 256. The retirement used to be a shock to many, as Nurmagomedov is a big star in strive in opposition to sports actions and idea about to be in his prime – being 32 years ragged and undefeated.
Nurmagomedov retired on sage of he promised his mother he would stop competing following the death of his father Abdulmanap, who used to be also his coach, due to COVID-19 issues in summer of 2020.
Since putting up the gloves, many, together with UFC president Dana White, beget wished Nurmagomedov to return and stroll back his retirement.
Nurmagomedov’s American Kickboxing Academy coach, Javier Mendez, believes no amount of cash in and of itself might perhaps well presumably bring back Nurmagomedov, nevertheless perchance there’s a small chance the moral fight would.
“It’s legacy, father’s thought legacy and it’s nothing rather then that,” Mendez told MMA Junkie. “It’s not about money, so no. He has enough money. He doesn’t ever beget to disaster about supporting his family. He’s truthful.”
Mendez believes a fight with ragged UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre might perhaps well presumably attain the trick, nevertheless even then, it might perhaps well presumably not be enough to entice Nurmagomedov back.
Prior to the passing of Nurmagomedov’s father, the idea used to be to fight over again after defending the title in opposition to Gaethje. Khabib wished to fight and beat St-Pierre, and then retire with a 30-0 sage. Abdulmanap’s death modified plans. On the change hand, Mendez feels a chance might perhaps well presumably exist if the change equipped itself.
“One thing else is that you just might perhaps well be ready to deem, nevertheless it has to be for the moral fight,” Mendez explained. “I did an interview and they indicated while I used to be doing the interview that GSP and him were fighting. And I used to be love, ‘What? Okay.’
“And love I’ve said, there is a felony possibility that he would focus on to his mom and his mom might perhaps well presumably get the approval, nevertheless unless then I don’t mediate that used to be even on the table even though I wager Kenny Florian and Jon Anik said (he would fight). Nonetheless that’s all I know, nevertheless I haven’t heard one thing, they said that.”
On the Anik and Florian podcast, Kenny Florian said St-Pierre is making prepared to fight Nurmagomedov. No extra knowledge used to be published, nevertheless no extra stories beget attain out on the subject.
Closing month, White shut down focus on of a doable Nurmagomedov vs. St-Pierre bout, announcing that fight is “over” and neither get together is drawn to making it happen.
Even supposing UFC brass speak Nurmagomedov is not drawn to fighting St-Pierre and vice versa, Mendez believes that’s the only fight that will perchance well presumably add to Nurmagomedov’s legacy, as no other grab over a gradual-weight fighter will attain.
“To me, it might perhaps well presumably beget to be a GSP figure,” Mendez said. “I don’t mediate another grab is going to add one thing. Had Conor (McGregor) gained his remaining fight and Dana used to be ready to entice them, and Conor looked stout in doing it, then perchance, perchance we would’ve noticed one thing.
“Nonetheless you heard it from Dana. He’s throwing his hat in. What does that indicate? I don’t know. Possibly in the back of closed doorways it doesn’t indicate nothing, nevertheless on the public it plot that it’s ideal mighty save to relaxation.”
Competing in opposition to the relaxation of the UFC lightweights doesn’t seem to hobby Nurmagomedov, nevertheless neither does competition a weight class above. Within the past, champions beget modified division in pursuit of gold in a special weight class to add to their careers.
Mendez doesn’t thing a trudge up to 170 pounds would hobby Nurmagomedov.
“He’s never talked about going up to another weight, he never talked about any need,” Mendez said. “He continuously said, ‘I’m a gradual-weight, coach, and I’ll defend at light-weight.’
“Essentially based on the full years I’ve talked to him, the welterweight championship would be out of the save a question to. The only thing that I could perhaps well presumably deem, would be if GSP and him were ever to attain to fruition perchance at 165 pounds for a recent title. And I mediate it’s wished on sage of between 155 and the welterweight division there’s a ideal giant gap.”