Khabib Reveals Two Unfinished Business Items With Dana White

UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed which topic has led to Dana White ignoring his text messages for the very first time. Despite retiring from competition following his title defense against Justin Gaethje in 2020, a decision that the UFC president did his best to try and reverse, Khabib has maintained a positive relationship with…

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UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed which topic has led to Dana White ignoring his text messages for the very first time.

Despite retiring from competition following his title defense against Justin Gaethje in 2020, a decision that the UFC president did his best to try and reverse, Khabib has maintained a positive relationship with his former boss and has often been seen Octagon-side with White at events and out for dinner with the 52-year-old on social media.

But despite their good relations, one prevalent topic involving both men has led to the UFC chief ignoring “The Eagle” for the very first time.

Ever-since Charles Oliveira was stripped of the lightweight championship for his pre-UFC 274 weight miss, Khabib has campaigned for #3-ranked contender Islam Makhachev to be placed against the Brazilian for the inevitable vacant title fight later this year.

As it turns out, Khabib’s pursuit for his protégé to fill the position opposite “Do Bronx” even brought him to his private messages with White. But it doesn’t appear that the Dagestani’s close relationship and regular discourse with the UFC president has helped on this occasion.

During an interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Khabib revealed that a recent text about Makhachev’s claim to the title shot went unanswered, marking the very first time that White has chosen to ignore the former champion.

“Honestly, this is first time since when we (started) talking (to) each other, he don’t respond,” said Khabib. “I sent a message like, ‘No way some other guy gets to fight for the title. Islam has to be there.’ I sent a similar message but he don’t respond. I think he was busy, maybe [LAUGHS]. This first time, and it’s okay. Everybody make mistake. He’s gonna come back stronger.

“You know what’s interesting? He looked,” noted Khabib. “You know when you send a message you can understand, he’s watching. But he don’t respond [LAUGHS].”

Khabib jokingly pleaded with White to hit him back so that they can discuss not just Makhachev’s championship desires but also a potential The Ultimate Fighter season with Tony Ferguson, which is a topic that has hit the headlines in recent weeks after some comments from “El Cucuy.”

“I don’t wanna give him pressure, but Dana, we have to finish two business, Islam Makhachev and (The) Ultimate Fighter. Please, call me back brother, because if you don’t call me back, I’m gonna be in Vegas June, then you have to send me a message, like your location. Be careful Dana, we have to finish our business brother, call me back,” concluded Khabib.

Is Khabib Nurmagomedov right? Is Islam Makhachev the only option for Dana White and the UFC?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Still Confident In Booking Junior dos Santos vs. Fedor Emelianenko Despite JDS Shoulder Injury

KhabibDespite Junior dos Santos’ loss to Yorgan De Castro at Eagle FC 47: Redemption, Khabib Nurmagomedov has stated he is still interested in booking a cross-promotional fight between ‘Cigano’ and MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko. JDS initially had great success against De Castro in their main event fight. However, in round three, dos Santos dislocated his […]

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Despite Junior dos Santos’ loss to Yorgan De Castro at Eagle FC 47: Redemption, Khabib Nurmagomedov has stated he is still interested in booking a cross-promotional fight between ‘Cigano’ and MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko.

JDS initially had great success against De Castro in their main event fight. However, in round three, dos Santos dislocated his arm after throwing a punch, resulting in a doctor’s stoppage TKO victory for ‘The Mad Titan.’

Prior to the fight, Khabib Nurmagomedov had stated that if dos Santos won, he would be booked in a cross-promotional fight with Fedor Emelianenko, who is currently signed with Bellator MMA. If De Castro won, he would be granted a shot at the Eagle FC heavyweight title, currently held by Rizvan Kuniev.

However, it now seems that both men will receive the fight they were initially promised. In the aftermath of the fight, Khabib had the following to say on the topic of Junior dos Santos’ next fight for Eagle FC:

“I’m not a doctor, but I see a lot of injuries inside the gym like this with shoulders, with knees. I think after three or four months, he can come back to sparring, and at the end of the year we can make this fight. Next week I’m going to sit with Scott Coker and we’re going to discuss about this fight.”

He went on to state that:

“Junior was looking amazing. [For a] long time, I didn’t see [him look like] how he looked like tonight. He was looking very good. I think it was maybe his best shape in the last couple years, maybe five, six years. But it is what it is, you know? This is a very tough sport. You can’t even blink in this sport when you’re inside the cage, because I know how it is being inside the cage, standing with someone [who’s] a professional athlete in front of you. It’s very dangerous and you have to stay focused every single second.” (H/T MMA Fighting).

Khabib Nurmagomedov on the future of Yorgan De Castro at Eagle FC

Khabib Nurmagomedov also reiterated his comments in the buildup to the fight that if Yorgan De Castro would be victorious, he would be granted a shot at the title.

“He was looking good too,” Nurmagomedov said. “De Castro showed his heart. He’s mentally a very strong fighter today, and he won. It’s a question of how, but he won. And I think maybe it’s going to be a good matchup, De Castro vs. Rizvan Kuniev, fight for the title, and we work on this Junior vs. Fedor [for the] end of this year.”

Khabib Believes Islam Makhachev Can Surpass Him As Lightweight GOAT

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes, when it’s all said and done, Islam Makhachev has the potential to surpass him as the lightweight division’s greatest of all time. Nurmagomedov was recently interviewed by TMZ Sports, and asked about his rising star pupil. “The Eagle” was asked if he thinks Makhachev has what it takes to surpass his own…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov believes, when it’s all said and done, Islam Makhachev has the potential to surpass him as the lightweight division’s greatest of all time.

Nurmagomedov was recently interviewed by TMZ Sports, and asked about his rising star pupil. “The Eagle” was asked if he thinks Makhachev has what it takes to surpass his own legacy in the lightweight division — arguably the greatest of all time.

With a big win over Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title and victories over some fellow young UFC contenders, Nurmagomedov believes Makhachev can do exactly that.

“Definitely it’s possible,” Nurmagomedov said. “Right now it’s like — this is legacy fight for Islam. Why I want him to fight Charles Oliveira — because he’s on an 11-fight win streak.

“Islam 10 win streak, Oliveira 11 win streak. And UFC never make like this fight. 11 win streak versus 10 win streak. It supposed to be me versus Tony [Ferguson] of course, that never happened, okay, now we have Islam and Charles.

“Let these guys fight. If Islam beats Charles, and then he beats new blood from young generation — we have a lot of young fighters in lightweight division rankings.

“Beneil [Dariush] — stopping Charles, stopping three more fighters, Islam can become greatest lightweight ever. He has that potential, he’s only 30-years-old, but UFC has to give him chance. This is the deal.”

Nurmagomedov retired from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) undefeated with a record of 29-0. Now, “The Eagle” coaches the stars of tomorrow, including Makhachev, who is currently within reach of a title.

Makhachev is on a 10-fight win streak and is currently the No. 4-ranked lightweight in the UFC. He’s among the top of the list when it comes to potential next challengers for Charles Oliveira and the lightweight title.

What do you make of Khabib Nurmagomedov saying Islam Makhachev can become better than him at lightweight? Do you agree? Let us know in the comments!

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Daniel Cormier Ponders Scenario That Could Bring Khabib Out Of Retirement

Daniel Cormier believes there’s one scenario that could lure his American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement. Cormier recently discussed the topic on a new episode of DC & RC, suggesting that, if money isn’t enough to get Khabib back, perhaps defending a friend’s honor is. A potential lightweight title fight between…

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Daniel Cormier believes there’s one scenario that could lure his American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement.

Cormier recently discussed the topic on a new episode of DC & RC, suggesting that, if money isn’t enough to get Khabib back, perhaps defending a friend’s honor is. A potential lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev is very much a possibility.

With that being said, should Makhachev, a student and friend of Khabib, fail to get past Oliveira, Cormier would be interested to see if Nurmagomedov would come out of retirement to challenge the Brazilian.

“Man, it’ll be nice to see him [Charles Oliveira] fight Khabib, right?!… Many people said that, ‘It’ll be nice to know, it’ll be nice to know’… What better way to try to draw him back in than by having Oliveira beat his friend, training partner and long time…

“It’s another way to try to draw him in because obviously the money, Dana’s throwing so much money at Khabib to try to get him back, that hasn’t been enough. But what if defending his friend’s honor is enough, if Islam doesn’t get the job done.”

Nurmagomedov retired undefeated in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) with a record of 29-0. His wrestling pedigree made him nearly unstoppable inside the Octagon, reigning as one of the most feared lightweight champions of all time.

Shortly after stepping away, submission maestro Charles Oliveira has established himself as the 155-pound king. Many have dream-booked a fight between Oliveira and Nurmagomedov, which was missed by the slightest of windows.

However, if Cormier is right, perhaps there’s still a chance that MMA fans will get to see the highly anticipated fantasy fight.

What do you think about Daniel Cormier suggesting Nurmagomedov could be lured out of retirement should Oliveira beat Makhachev? Are you buying it? Let us know in the comments!

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Backs Islam Makhachev To Surpass Him As The Lightweight GOAT

Khabib NurmagomedovShould Islam Makhachev snap the 11 fight winning run of Charles Oliveira – and subsequently stack his own list of successful title defenses, Khabib Nurmagomedov believes his teammate will then have surpassed him as the greatest lightweight to ever step foot inside the Octagon. Makhachev, forever tipped to eventually make his ascension to the lightweight […]

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Should Islam Makhachev snap the 11 fight winning run of Charles Oliveira – and subsequently stack his own list of successful title defenses, Khabib Nurmagomedov believes his teammate will then have surpassed him as the greatest lightweight to ever step foot inside the Octagon.

Makhachev, forever tipped to eventually make his ascension to the lightweight throne in the absence of his training partner, Khabib, has embarked on a stunning 10-fight winning spree of his own, most recently stopping short-notice replacement, Bobby Green with ground strikes in February.

The Makhachkala native has called for a vacant lightweight title challenge against the above mentioned former champion, Oliveira – particularly atop an expected October return to Abu Dhabi, UAE and ‘Fight Island’ for the organization.

Khabib Nurmagomedov touts Islam Makhachev to become the lightweight GOAT

As far as the previously mentioned, Khabib is concerned, however, a victory for his protége over Oliveira – as well as some of the newer blood at 155lbs would likely see him land as the greatest lightweight of all time. 

“Definitely, it’s possible,” Khabib Nurmagomedov told TMZ Sports when asked if Islam Makhachev can become better than him. “You know, right now – this is legacy fight for Islam, why I really want he fight versus Charles Oliveira, because he has 11 win streak – Islam has 10 fight win streak, and UFC never make like this fight. 11 versus 10 win streak, it was supposed to be me versus Tony (Ferguson), of course, it never happened. Okay, now we have Islam and Charles, let these guys fight.”

“If Islam beats Charles, and then he beats like new blood like from young generation, like we have a lot of young fighters in the lightweight division,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said. “You know like, Beneil (Dariush), Islam beat Charles, Islam beat like three more fighters, Islam can become greatest lightweight ever. He has this potential, he’s only 30 years old. But the UFC have to give him the chance, this is the deal.”

Khabib Dismisses Oliveira Comparisons: ‘No One Touched Me’

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe that Charles Oliveira has any business being in the same conversation as him. In 2017, it would have been hard to believe that Oliveira, who boasted an underwhelming 10-8-1 UFC record at the time, would be brought up in divisional GOAT discussions just five years later. But…

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Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe that Charles Oliveira has any business being in the same conversation as him.

In 2017, it would have been hard to believe that Oliveira, who boasted an underwhelming 10-8-1 UFC record at the time, would be brought up in divisional GOAT discussions just five years later. But 11 consecutive wins down the line, and that’s exactly where “Do Bronx” finds himself.

After securing a shot at gold with victories over Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson, Oliveira provided a memorable crowning when he came from behind to TKO Michael Chandler last May. From there, he upset the odds against Dustin Poirier before emphatically submitting Justin Gaethje in one round earlier this month.

While he may have lost the belt due to a weight miss at UFC 274, Oliveira’s resurgence, form, and talent is undeniable. But not everyone is majorly impressed.

During an interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, UFC legend Khabib noted that Oliveira has been consistently knocked down by strikes in his recent outings.

“He impressed me, little bit. But, every fight he go down,” reminded Khabib. “This is a little bit bad for him. Every fight he go down, couple times. Last fight, it was how many times? Two, three times knocked down? (Against) Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, with Justin Gaethje; he always go down. This is like, little bit (of a) question.”

Citing that as evidence, Khabib practically laughed off those who compare Oliveira with his own legacy forged prior to his retirement.

Khabib On Oliveira Comparisons: “Come On…”

Khabib, widely regarded as one of the leading contenders in the overall GOAT debate, hung up his gloves following his 2020 submission victory over Gaethje. Prior to that, “The Eagle” had defended the lightweight gold against Poirier and former two-division champion Conor McGregor.

Having not only retired with an unblemished 29-0 record, but also with little to no damage, Khabib doesn’t understand the logic behind comparisons with Oliveira, who has fallen to defeat eight times inside the Octagon.

“Nobody ever touched my face, and all the time he go down. People can not compare me versus Charles Oliveira,” asserted Khabib. “He tap in UFC eight times, please, come on. When he (lost to) Jim Miller, Anthony Pettis, Holloway, Felder, it was Charles Oliveira; it was not Khabib.

“If you wanna deserve a name like the greatest lightweight, he have to beat Islam (Makhachev), Beneil (Dariush), couple more guys. Then we can talk,” added Khabib. “He has to be professional, make weight when he has championship belt.”

Nevertheless, Khabib did acknowledge that Oliveira’s ability to turn his career around has been impressive. But while that may be the case, the Dagestani believes that “Do Bronx” has a lot to do before entering the GOAT conversation, including registering a victory over his protégé, Islam Makhachev.

“What he’s doing is very impressive. This is very impressive, how he come back from so many losses, and now he has good ground (game), he has good striking game, knees, elbows, kicks. He looks good,” admitted Khabib. “That’s why I want to see him versus Islam. This is big test for both of them.”

If former champ-champ Daniel Cormier is believed, perhaps Oliveira will be able to prove his superiority over Khabib inside the cage. “DC” recently suggested that the Brazilian could lure “The Eagle” out of retirement by adding a defeat to the record of Makhachev.

How would you compare the legacies of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira?

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