UFC

UFC president White pressing Khabib for one more fight

By Sports Desk January 10, 2021

UFC president Dana White said he is meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov as he presses the retired star for one more fight.

Khabib stunningly announced his retirement from the octagon after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight title at UFC 254 in October as he improved to 29-0, though the 32-year-old remains the champion.

White has retained hope of Khabib returning to the UFC, previously talking up the Russian trying to reach a flawless 30-0 record.

As Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier prepare to clash at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi on January 23, White told ESPN: "I'm obviously meeting with him [Khabib] because I think that he should fight again.

"Look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Look at what he's done to every opponent he has faced.

"I think he should fight again and I'm going to press him as hard as I can for one more."

White added: "As a promoter, you always want to see the best guys in the world, but at the same time, when a guy wants to retire, he probably should.

"The difference with a guy like Khabib is he's been through so much, and losing his dad was a major blow to him. Yet, his dad wanted him to hit 30-0.

"No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, but one of the best to ever do it. And right now, he's as focused as he's ever been.

"I don't know if this is going to be the same Conor after the Poirier fight, but if this Conor sticks around for the next year, how do you not do Khabib vs. Conor again?"

Related items

  • Dustin Poirier to get second shot at UFC title Dustin Poirier to get second shot at UFC title

    Dustin Poirier has agreed to challenge Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title in December.

    After lengthy talks, Poirier, who has a 28-6 record, confirmed on Sunday that he will go up against Oliveira, tweeting "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."

    ESPN subsequently reported the 32-year-old's representatives had confirmed the bout will take place at UFC 269 on December 11, as Poirier looks to continue an impressive 2021.

    He has twice beaten Conor McGregor this year, first in January at UFC 257 and then again at UFC 264 six months later.

    Poirier, a former interim champion, previously challenged former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019, though lost via submission.

    Oliveira, a year Poirier's junior, will be a similarly stern test. The Brazilian took the title in May after defeating Michael Chandler and is on a nine-fight winning run.

  • UFC 266: Volkanovski proves doubters wrong in brutal title defence against Ortega UFC 266: Volkanovski proves doubters wrong in brutal title defence against Ortega

    Alex Volkanovski defended his featherweight belt after overcoming Brian Ortega in one of the most dramatic fights of the year at UFC 266.

    Volkanovski withstood two submissions in a brutal showdown with Ortega in Las Vegas, where the Australian champion prevailed by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-44) on Saturday.

    Ortega (15-2) – largely outclassed – looked to be on the brink of victory after a mounted guillotine and then a triangle choke in the third round left Volkanovski in trouble at T-Mobile Arena.

    But Volkanovski (23-1) silenced his critics, emerging from the jaws of defeat to celebrate his 10th consecutive win in the UFC.

    "All you doubters, I'm going to prove you wrong time and time again," Volkanovski said in his post-fight interview.

    "Bring it. About f****** time [you put respect on my name].

    "Keep doubting me. I love it. I'll be underdog to the day I die."

    Of the submission attempts, Volkanovski – who has not lost since May 2013 – said: "Some of them were pretty tight.

    "For some reason I went to the ground with him. Obviously, he's good. ... I thought I was in his head and he came back even stronger."

    Ortega added: "I thought it was done. That's what we trained for my entire camp. ... That little bastard is f****** tough as hell."

    In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko completed her sixth straight title defence at the expense of Lauren Murphy.

    Shevchenko (21-4) scored a devastating fourth-round TKO against Murphy in the flyweight title showdown.

  • Oscar De La Hoya out of hospital after recovering from coronavirus Oscar De La Hoya out of hospital after recovering from coronavirus

    Oscar De La Hoya has overcome coronavirus after spending three days in hospital, the boxing great has confirmed.

    De La Hoya was due to come out of retirement to face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in Los Angeles on September 11.

    However, the 48-year-old had to withdraw from the fight after falling ill with COVID-19.

    Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 58, has been named as a replacement for De La Hoya, though that decision has been met with scrutiny.

    Indeed, the event has now had to be moved to Florida due to licensing issues.

    Holyfield has not fought in over a decade.

    Three days ahead of the bout that was supposed to make his return, De La Hoya offered an update of his recovery on his official Twitter account.

    "Hey guys, I am out of the hospital. I was in there for three days," De La Hoya tweeted.

    "COVID hit me really hard. I was in the best shape of my life and I really can't wait to get back in the ring.

    "Thank you very much for all your well wishes and all your support. I appreciate it."

    David Haye is ending his retirement to fight Joe Fournier in the headline bout.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.