Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager has hinted that his client is set to return to the UFC Octagon, despite retiring after his win over Justin Gaethje last month.
The UFC lightweight champion took his record to a perfect 29-0 with a dominant victory over Gaethje in Abu Dhabi, submitting the Highlight in the second round of their title bout in October.
After the win, the Eagle stunned viewers by declaring that he would be retiring, having made a promise to his mother that he would not continue to fight after the death of his father earlier in the year.
‘Today I want to say it was my last fight. No way I’m going to come here without my father. It was first time after what happened with my father,’ explained Khabib.
‘When UFC called me about Justin, I talked with my mother for three days, she didn’t want me to fight without my father.
‘But I promised her, it’s going to be my last fight. And if I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here.
‘I know only one thing that I want from UFC, you guys have to put me on number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve this. UFC undisputed, undefeated, lightweight champion, 13-0 [in UFC], 29 in my pro MMA career. I think I deserve.’
However, UFC president Dana White has been confident that Khabib will not stick to this plan and now his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has also hinted at a return to the cage.
Abdelaziz simply tweeted ’30-0′ suggesting that Khabib is ready to return to extend his winning record by one more victory.
Getting to 30-0 had been the plan laid out by Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, before his tragic death in July.
Last year, Abdulmanap had told BJ Penn.com: ‘For Khabib, 30-0 is enough. Regarding his last fight, then, of course, we would like his final title defence to be in Moscow.’
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