Ever since he retired from mixed martial arts after UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been subjected to many, many questions regarding if and when he’s going to step back into the Octagon.
The 33-year-old has reassured the masses that he’s going to stick to his word and ride off into the sunset and given that it’s been almost two years since he first hung up his gloves, it’s easy to see why most people believe him.
Of course, we should never say never in combat sports, with some fans feeling as if he could come back if Charles Oliveira defeats Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 when the pair battle it out over the UFC lightweight championship.
Khabib’s close friend Daniel Cormier has even bought into that idea but as per ‘DC’ himself, Nurmagomedov isn’t too happy with his pal giving air time to the theory.
“I think it’s done. The last time, I was on my show on ESPN and I said, maybe if Oliveira beats Islam then Khabib goes back. Then I go to the gym and he’s like brother, please leave me alone! You guys keep doing this, I’m okay in my life. So, I think he’s done, my friend.”
“He still leaves you with that ‘what if’. Look, you can’t always give everybody exactly what they want. If you leave them wanting more, it’s better that way. There are a number of movies where you go ‘man I wish they did a second one’.”
It’s pretty safe to say at this stage that Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of, if not the clear, greatest lightweight in MMA history. He did just about everything he set out to do in the game and along the way, he was able to beat some incredible names.
Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and more all fell to ‘The Eagle’ and very few of them ever really came close to causing him problems.
He’s got more than enough money to stay retired, regardless of whether or not ‘Do Bronx’ goes after him after UFC 280.