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Khabib Nurmagomedov Declines Historic Comeback Offer

Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has confirmed that the UFC reached out to his manager about a potential return for UFC 300. UFC CEO Dana White had previously promised to make UFC 300 a historic event, leading to speculation that the promotion might try to bring back a star like they did with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. However, Nurmagomedov quickly shut down any hopes of a return, reiterating his decision to retire in October 2020.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

"Honestly, no," Nurmagomedov said. "I know they connected with Ali, but I told Ali last maybe one year, I said, ‘It doesn’t matter who calls you, but never call me about a fight.’ We have a deal, directly with me, nobody connects.

But I know with Ali, he connected with some people from UFC. But I told (everyone) already once, and I told a lot of times for all these people that try to bring me back: I decided this in October 2020. It was my last fight, and I will never change this."

Nurmagomedov's retirement came after he defeated Justin Gaethje to defend his lightweight title for the third time, maintaining his perfect record of 29-0. He had won the vacant belt by defeating Al Iaquinta by decision and then went on to beat Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, both by submission. Throughout his career, Nurmagomedov also secured victories over respected opponents such as Edson Barboza, Rafael dos Anjos, and Michael Johnson.

Despite the UFC's efforts to entice him back, Nurmagomedov remains firm in his decision to retire, particularly following the passing of his father, who was a significant influence on his career. As a result, the UFC has moved on and booked Alex Pereira to defend his light heavyweight title against Jamahal Hill in the main event of UFC 300.


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