UFC boss Dana White confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov will KEEP lightweight belt as he predicts champ will reverse retirement
DANA WHITE confirmed Khabib Nurmagoemdov will keep the UFC lightweight title after predicting the champion will reverse his retirement.
Nurmagomedov announced he would be hanging up the gloves this month after submitting Justin Gaethje in two rounds to go 29-0.
It was the first fight since the loss of his influential father Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 in July after contracting coronavirus.
Before making the shock decision, Nurmagomedov had confirmed his father wanted him to walk away unbeaten in 30 fights.
Rretirement would mean vacating his belt – but White has backed unbeaten Khabib to fight on.
He told ESPN: “So he was super emotional after that fight and you know he got the measles the mumps, whatever he got.
"Then he broke his toe leading into that fight.
"Took the fight, and with the passing of his father I just think he was super emotional and was just in the moment that night.
"I am not saying that he is going to 100 pet cent come out for 30-0, but I get the feeling that he will.
"He is the lightweight champion right now. There is no vacant belt. There is no interim title. No vacant title. None of that.”
White also revealed Conor McGregor's UFC return to face Dustin Poirier at lightweight is a done deal.
The pair had both been offered a January 23 headliner but contracts were yet to be signed.
Now it appears an agreement has now been reached, after White addressed the situation following Anderson Silva's final UFC fight.
White said: "The fight's done, I think so, yeah.
"As far as I know it's done."
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