There’s no denying the greatness of Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC’s lightweight champion remains undefeated inside the Octagon with 29 straight victories to his name. The Dagestani fighter has picked up notable wins over the likes of Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Rafael dos Anjos, among others, and has established himself as arguably one of the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
“I think the guy is the best in the world. It doesn’t matter. All of these guys are gonna fight each other anyway. Nobody is inline like I should be next. 1 through 9, all those guys are badass and can win every single day. You can put all the names in the hat and pull them out and match them up and every one of those fights is awesome.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the sport at UFC 254. However, UFC President Dana White believes that there is still a possibility of watching the Eagle compete one more time inside the Octagon. Ahead of Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon back at UFC 257, White revealed that Khabib could be back inside the Octagon if there is a good challenge. Soon after, Michael Chandler called out Nurmagomedov after picking up a spectacular KO win over top-contender Dan Hooker.
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However, it remains to be seen what lies ahead for the undisputed lightweight champion of the world Khabib Nurmagomedov. As things stand today, Nurmagomedov is still in the ranking and despite announcing retirement, continues to reign as the 155 pounds champion.
“Khabib is undoubtedly the best in the world by a long shot. He is the champ. The rest of the guys gonna fight this out.” Dana White said in a conversation with BT Sports.
“I am hoping he sees that. (spectacular) There have been great performances. But he is like, Dana come on be honest. look at this. Look at his fight with Justin Gaethje, his fight with Conor McGregor, his fight with everybody. So he is not wrong that he is way above the pack. He is not holding up the division, These guys all got to fight.”
Dana White’s recent comments are also in light of many fights fans opiniating that Nurmagomedov is stalling the lightweight division. Earlier, fight fans had debated if Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor back at UFC 257 should have been for the UFC lightweight championship. However, that wasn’t the case. Additionally, there is no clear #1 contender in mind except Dustin Poirier who has already lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Only time will tell what lies ahead for Nurmagomedov. Will he announce his retirement and vacate the UFC lightweight champion? Will Nurmagomedov step inside the Octagon to touch the coveted mark of 30-0? We will have to wait and watch.