Khabib is overcome with emotion after his win
Khabib is overcome with emotion after his win Image Credit: Twitter

Dubai: UFC president Dana White is no longer entertaining the notion of Khabib Nurmagomedov re-entering the Octagon.

White told ESPN that he and the 32-year-old Russian met in Las Vegas, with Nurmagomedov reiterating that he has no interest in competing again. With that in mind, White said the UFC is working toward finalising a lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira for UFC 262 on May 15.

“Khabib is retired and doesn’t wanna hold up the division,” White told ESPN. “Tonight was our final meeting and he is 100% retired.”

Nurmagomedov officially announced his retirement in October in one of the more memorable scenes in mixed martial arts history in Abu Dhabi.

Nurmagomedov retired in tears and laid his gloves on the mat following his UFC 254 title defense against Justin Gaethje. The win occurred four months after he lost his father and longtime coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, to complications from COVID-19.

Nurmagomedov retired with a career record of 29-0, an almost unfathomable tally in modern MMA, and 13 consecutive UFC wins, three shy of former middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s record.