Strolling again retirement never crossed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s thoughts.
The aged UFC gentle-weight champion did not scrutinize a return to MMA opponents following his retirement announcement at UFC 254 in October 2020 in Abu Dhabi. Nurmagomedov educated the realm following his third title protection over Justin Gaethje that he became as soon as inserting up the gloves for honest since he had promised his mother he wouldn’t proceed combating following the loss of life of his father and coach, Abdulmanap, months prior attributable to complications from COVID-19.
But, the UFC didn’t formally scrutinize Nurmagomedov’s retirement till March – 5 months after the resolution became as soon as made public.
UFC president Dana White educated the media for months that there became as soon as a chance Nurmagomedov would return and he arrange more than one meetings with Nurmagomedov in hopes to convince him to comeback.
Nevertheless despite the efforts to receive Nurmagomedov again in the cage, the Dagestani became as soon as settled on retirement and never even handed a comeback.
“(I never contemplated a return after retiring). Dana known as this legit, nonetheless I retired like four, six months ago,” Nurmagomedov educated ESPN. “It’s very silly: Dana educated me when he posted that any person commented saying, ‘Hiya, he retired not this present day, he retired about 5 months ago,’ and I became as soon as prefer it’s silly. We had some conversations with Dana just a few times and like two days ago we meet with him to discuss like two precise males. We had a extremely honest conversation with them, honest dinner, and I in actuality liked him not lawful for me, nonetheless the total sport.”
It’s an outlandish retirement since Nurmagomedov became as soon as in his prime and became as soon as coming off arguably essentially the most inspiring performance of his career in opposition to Gaethje. The 32-365 days-used became as soon as also at the discontinue of his star energy and incomes doable being one among essentially the most identified names in combat sports activities.
“It’s very laborious whenever you’d luxuriate in gotten energy, whenever you’re essentially the most inspiring on the earth, whenever you’re nicely-known, luxuriate in cash and advise to all the issues like this, ‘No,’” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “It’s very laborious. Of us presumably will never impress me, nonetheless I in actuality hope they’re going to help my resolution because all individuals has their views.
“My peek and my relationship with my mother, I have faith like I in actuality desire to cease because I have faith like in each and every combat, each and every practising camp, this takes some age far off from my mother. And it’s like what hand over I in actuality desire to entire? I came to this sport to demonstrate who I’m and enjoy turn out to be essentially the most inspiring, I’m world champion, and pound-for-pound No. 1. I defended my title thrice. I defended my title in supreme combat of UFC historic previous. What else? Easiest cash-fights, nonetheless I don’t need cash.”
As for what’s next, it’s straightforward. Nurmagomedov is solely going to revel in lifestyles and serve groom the next generation of fighters who are working to alter into champions in the UFC.
“I in actuality luxuriate in some industry projects, I’m going to revel in with my wife, I in actuality luxuriate in kids, and I in actuality luxuriate in my brothers – they’re quiet combating in the UFC, so I’m going to help them.”