Khabib Nurmagomedov insists he has ‘no desire’ to make a shock return to UFC after retiring last year… and former champion admits ‘I don’t think I ever will’ despite Dana White’s attempts to lure him backAfter beating Justin Gaethje, Khabib Nurmagomedov chose to retire from MMA Nurmagomedov stepped away from the Octagon with a formidable 29-0 recordAttempts to lure him back have failed, the fighter says he has no plans to return In a shock revelation, Nurmagomedov is weighing up a future move into football
Former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has insisted he has no plans to make a surprise return to the Octagon in the future, having retired last October with an unblemished record.
The Dagestani fighter revealed he would step away from the sport after his second-round submission victory against Justin Gaethje, and Dana White had attempted to lure him back to little success.
But with speculation still mounting over a comeback, or a potential super-fight, Nurmagomedov has said he does not want to fight again.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (left) has insisted he has no plans to make a surprise comeback to UFC
‘I have no desire to come back, and I don’t think I ever will,’ he told reporters in Russia last week.
Having triumphed over Gaethje at UFC 254, and taken his formidable record to 29-0 in the process, the 32-year-old opted to quit mixed martial arts.
UFC president White eventually conceded defeat after trying to broker another bout for the all-time great, with Nurmagomedov vowing to remain retired after his father and mentor Abdulmanap died.
Nurmagomedov (above) stepped away from the sport last October after beating Justin Gaethje
His decision to retire came as a surprise, and attempts to lure Nurmagomedov back have failed
There have been lucrative offers to bring him back, however, with a $100million (£70m) package tabled for a star-studded showdown with Floyd Mayweather.
The eye-watering proposal was unveiled by Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, who also claimed the former 155-pound supremo turned it down to stay true to his promise to his mother that he wouldn’t return.
‘Two weeks ago, (or) 10 days ago, Dana White called me,’ Abdelaziz said on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson. ‘He said, “Georges St-Pierre, he said he’ll fight Khabib in a non-title fight at 165 pounds.”
‘In a way, we’ve been waiting for Georges. I like Georges. He’s my friend. I like Georges. We’ve been waiting for Georges for four or five years. “I’m coming. I’m not coming.”
Ali Abdelaziz, Khabib’s manager, said the fighter turned down a bout with Floyd Mayweather
‘Now, (St-Pierre) said, “Hey, Khabib is retired. I’m retired. What about coming back and fighting Khabib now?”
‘But you know, Khabib got offered $100million after he was retired to fight Floyd Mayweather,’ Abdelaziz added.
‘$100million. $100million. You can ask Floyd. You can ask everybody.
‘Khabib said, “No, I’m retired. I told my mother I’m retired. I’m going to keep my word to my mother. If my mother told me to fight again, maybe I will. But right now, she told me not to fight.”‘
Nurmagomedov recently revealed that he is weighing up making the jump across to football
And with his sights now firmly set on life after MMA, Nurmagomedov revealed earlier this month that he is weighing up making a shock into football.
He has posted clips in the past of him showing off his skills on the pitch, and announced that he was ‘in training’ to make the shock leap across to the sport.
‘A lot of football clubs, they offer me [a contract],’ he said during a live Q&A on Facebook. ‘But I have to, a little bit, become football shape. Because football shape is a little bit different than MMA [shape].
‘When you have to fight in MMA and you have to play in football, these are two different [things]. But I don’t know [if I’ll play professionally. If some clubs offer me [a deal] and they make me an interesting [offer], I’m going to accept this.’
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