After Khabib announcing his retirement from the UFC, Dana White does not want the Dagestani fighter to hang his gloves yet. White thinks that Khabib is still the top name and has not lost a step, it would be a huge asset lost if Khabib won’t fight anymore given how big his name is in the Middle-East.
They had a meeting where Khabib and Dana just sitting out alone in a room, and Dana potentially giving Khabib a very nice offer that could convince him to return to the Octagon. Dana has told the media time and time again that when a fighter wants to retire, he lets them but the only two fighters where he tried to convince are Khabib and Cormier.
Khabib Nurmagomedov told Dana White yesterday, per White: I’m going to watch the two lightweight fights at 257. If these guys do something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight I’ll fight.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 16, 2021
Khabib has been saying to grant the Poirier vs Mcgregor fight the title shot, as he will no longer fight in the UFC due to his family issues. He did say that if something interesting happens in UFC 257, it could spark a light inside him that could make him come back to the octagon once more.
There are two big lightweight fights in UFC 257, the main event and the co-main event. Obviously, the main-event is Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, the UFC may be rooting to make the Khabib vs Mcgregor 2 if Mcgregor gets past Poirier. Making the rematch fight of Khabib vs Mcgregor would be the biggest fight in UFC history.
Another big fight is Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler. It makes a lower-ranked contender but still, a top-five and Hooker has fought toe-to-toe with Dustin Poirier but fell short in the later rounds.
Meanwhile, Chandler is looking to make his UFC debut and put his name on the radar. He has said that his wrestling pedigree could pose a threat to Khabib’s style. He was also a former Bellator Champion, where he knockout former UFC Champion, Benson Henderson.
Either way, it is very unlikely that Khabib will unretire just to fight either Hooker or Chandler as it does nothing to his legacy. The only fight that could interest him would possibly be George St Pierre but Dana White said that it is out of the table. On UFC’s side, the fight that needs to happen is obviously Mcgregor vs Khabib 2.
Who knows if Khabib will eventually return to fight but one thing for sure is the UFC lightweight division needs to move on if he doesn’t. There are still a lot of big fights to make and a lot of talented fighters in the mix.