Strolling again retirement by no means crossed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s thoughts.
The previous UFC light-weight champion didn’t ponder a return to MMA competitors following his retirement announcement at UFC 254 in October 2020 in Abu Dhabi. Nurmagomedov instructed the world following his third title protection over Justin Gaethje that he was hanging up the gloves for good since he had promised his mom he wouldn’t proceed combating following the dying of his father and coach, Abdulmanap, months prior on account of problems from COVID-19.
But, the UFC didn’t formally acknowledge Nurmagomedov’s retirement till March – 5 months after the choice was made public.
UFC president Dana White instructed the media for months that there was an opportunity Nurmagomedov would return and he arrange a number of conferences with Nurmagomedov in hopes to persuade him to comeback.
However regardless of the efforts to get Nurmagomedov again within the cage, the Dagestani was settled on retirement and by no means considered a comeback.
“(I by no means contemplated a return after retiring). Dana known as this official, however I retired like 4, six months in the past,” Nurmagomedov instructed ESPN. “It’s very humorous: Dana instructed me when he posted that somebody commented saying, ‘Hey, he retired not in the present day, he retired about 5 months in the past,’ and I used to be prefer it’s humorous. We had some conversations with Dana a few occasions and like two days in the past we meet with him to speak like two actual males. We had an excellent dialog with them, good dinner, and I actually appreciated him not just for me, however all the game.”
It’s an uncommon retirement since Nurmagomedov was in his prime and was coming off arguably the perfect efficiency of his profession towards Gaethje. The 32-year-old was additionally on the top of his star energy and incomes potential being one of the acknowledged names in fight sports activities.
“It’s very laborious when you may have energy, whenever you’re the perfect on this planet, whenever you’re well-known, have cash and say to every little thing like this, ‘No,’” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “It’s very laborious. Individuals possibly won’t ever perceive me, however I actually hope they’re going to assist my determination as a result of everybody has their views.
“My view and my relationship with my mom, I really feel like I’ve to cease as a result of I really feel like in each struggle, each coaching camp, this takes some age away from my mom. And it’s like what do I’ve to do? I got here to this sport to indicate who I’m and have become the perfect, I’m world champion, and pound-for-pound No. 1. I defended my title 3 times. I defended my title in greatest struggle of UFC historical past. What else? Solely money-fights, however I don’t want cash.”
As for what’s subsequent, it’s easy. Nurmagomedov is solely going to take pleasure in life and assist groom the following technology of fighters who’re working to develop into champions within the UFC.
“I’ve some enterprise tasks, I’m going to take pleasure in with my spouse, I’ve children, and I’ve my brothers – they’re nonetheless combating within the UFC, so I’m going to assist them.”