Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje Fight Isn’t ‘Off The Table’

Nurmagomedov GaethjeUFC president Dana White isn’t ruling out a September fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. The pair were expected to compete in a lightweight title unification fight in September that was set to headline the UFC 253 pay-per-view. However, with the recent death of Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap, many have speculated as to whether “The […]

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UFC president Dana White isn’t ruling out a September fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

The pair were expected to compete in a lightweight title unification fight in September that was set to headline the UFC 253 pay-per-view.

However, with the recent death of Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap, many have speculated as to whether “The Eagle” will fight again, let alone face Gaethje in two months.

White has already revealed that Nurmagomedov won’t be rushed back and that remains the case.

“No, I’m not messing with Khabib,” White told media on Tuesday (via BJ Penn). “I’m leaving him alone until he’s ready to talk and I’m letting him mourn and do what he has to do. I reached out to him the day of and I haven’t heard back from him since.

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje Still Possible

That said, White doesn’t believe a September fight is off the table. But again, it all hinges on Nurmagomedov.

“I don’t think it’s off the table,” White added when asked if a September fight between the pair was still possible. “I’m just waiting to hear from him.”

Nurmagomedov last competed in September last year when he submitted Dustin Poirier to defend his title for the second time.

Gaethje, meanwhile, became interim lightweight champion following his impressive fifth-round TKO win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May.

Do you think we’ll see them fight in September?

UFC President Dana White Not Ruling Out Potential September Return For Khabib Nurmagomedov

Dana White says it’s still possible that Khabib Nurmagomedov could return in September but he won’t rush things. Nurmagomedov hasn’t had a bout since Sept. 2019. The UFC lightweight champion was set to put his gold on the line against…

Dana White says it’s still possible that Khabib Nurmagomedov could return in September but he won’t rush things. Nurmagomedov hasn’t had a bout since Sept. 2019. The UFC lightweight champion was set to put his gold on the line against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 but travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 crisis put a […]

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Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov Won’t Be Rushed Back

Dana WhiteDana White says he is leaving Khabib Nurmagomedov to heal in peace after the tragic death of his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov had been battling various health issues that stemmed from catching the coronavirus back in April. He underwent heart surgery and was subsequently put into a coma. After awaking from the medically […]

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Dana White says he is leaving Khabib Nurmagomedov to heal in peace after the tragic death of his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov had been battling various health issues that stemmed from catching the coronavirus back in April. He underwent heart surgery and was subsequently put into a coma. After awaking from the medically induced coma Abdulmanap was making progress and was able to recognize his son who visited him daily at a Russian hospital. Unfortunately, on July 3 it was announced he had failed to recover from his illness and had passed away.

The UFC lightweight champion was on tap to face interim titleholder Justin Gaethje at UFC 253 in September but that fight now appears to be in serious jeopardy.

White told reporters at the UFC 251 post-fight press conference that Nurmagomedov would not be rushed back into action and the UFC will give him all the time he needs to grieve for his father.

“We’re not messing with Khabib. We’re leaving Khabib alone. Khabib needs time,” White said. “Khabib is going to need time to get his head straight and figure out what’s next for him, you know? So we’re just gonna leave him alone for a little while. We’ll figure it out.” (Transcribed by Essentially Sports)

Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz spoke out yesterday to deny reports the undefeated Russian has decided to retire following the death of his father, he said.

“Some of the Russian media reported I said Khabib is retired. This is absolutely false. Khabib is grieving with his father passing away. I want everyone to be respectful to the situation and don’t give fake news.”

Nurmagomedov last fought at UFC 242 in September 2019 beating Dustin Poirier by third-round submission. His father was in his corner for the first since he joined the UFC in 2012. An issue with his VISA had prevented Abdulmanap from watching his son fighting in the United States.

Do you respect Dana White for giving Khabib Nurmagomedov as much time as he wants to heal after his fathers death?

UFC Giving Khabib Nurmagomedov Time To Mourn The Loss Of His Father

The UFC brass will not be rushing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s return to the Octagon. Nurmagomedov is the UFC lightweight champion. He’s due for a showdown with interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. Nurmagomedov was eager to get back to action and e…

The UFC brass will not be rushing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s return to the Octagon. Nurmagomedov is the UFC lightweight champion. He’s due for a showdown with interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. Nurmagomedov was eager to get back to action and even said he could return as soon as July. Those plans changed when Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, became […]

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Coach Will Support Khabib Nurmagomedov If He Chooses To Retire

NurmagomedovNurmagomedov To Retire? American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez is not sure what Khabib Nurmagomedov will do next — but will support any decision he makes. Nurmagomedov is expected to face Justin Gaethje in a lightweight title unification fight reportedly set to take place in September. However, many are questioning whether he will fight […]

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Nurmagomedov To Retire?

American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez is not sure what Khabib Nurmagomedov will do next — but will support any decision he makes.

Nurmagomedov is expected to face Justin Gaethje in a lightweight title unification fight reportedly set to take place in September.

However, many are questioning whether he will fight at all, let alone Gaethje, following the death of his father last week. “The Eagle” is yet to make a public statement and as far as Mendez is concerned, he has no idea what Nurmagomedov will do next.

But whether it’s keeping on fighting or retiring, he will support the champion’s decision.

“I’m not in that poor kid’s head, and all I can say is whatever he wants to do, I’m going to be behind him,” Mendez said on The Luke Thomas Show. “He needs support from me in any capacity that I can give it. So if he wants to fight ,I’m with him, if he doesn’t, I’m with him. If he wants to retire I’m with him, if he doesn’t, I’m with him.

“To me, I’m going to support whatever decision he needs to make, so long as it’s a right decision for him. If I don’t feel it’s the right decision, I would speak out about it, but for right now, it’s hard to speculate if what have, could have. I haven’t spoken to him. I think he needs time to grieve and then get a sense of what his purpose is and what he wants to do after that.”

Do you think Nurmagomedov will keep fighting?

Conor McGregor Scolds Dustin Poirier For Prioritizing Khabib Rematch

Conor McGregorFormer dual weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has responded after Dustin Poirier said he would prefer to rematch lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov even if no belt was on the line. Poirier lost to McGregor via first-round TKO at UFC 178 in September 2014. Despite being brutally stopped in that fight ‘The Diamond’ would prefer a […]

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Former dual weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has responded after Dustin Poirier said he would prefer to rematch lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov even if no belt was on the line.

Poirier lost to McGregor via first-round TKO at UFC 178 in September 2014. Despite being brutally stopped in that fight ‘The Diamond’ would prefer a chance to avenge his most recent loss to Nurmagomedov who beat him at UFC 242 in September 2019.

Speaking to MMA Junkie Poirier explained that beating Nurmagomedov would do so much more for his legacy in the sport, he said.

“If the belts weren’t on the line, just for my legacy, I would love to beat Khabib. Nobody’s ever beat him. Nobody’s ever climbed that mountain. I would love to be the first one. That’s historic. That’s legendary. That’s the stuff I’m out to do. I’m not out for rematches and grudge matches and revenge. I’m a grown man, I don’t hold that stuff in my heart. I have a family and this is a business to me.

“When I was younger, I might have wanted to fight Conor or fight anybody who beat me. But I’m just comfortable with everything. I’m comfortable with my record, with the stuff that I’ve done, the fights I’ve done. The fights that I’ve lost, I learned my lessons and tried to keep moving forward. So I’d really like to be the first one to beat Khabib.”

‘Notorious’ has since taken to social media to post then delete the following comment which considers the difference between being knocked out or submitted, he wrote.

“Ministry of the bleedin obvious. Getting concussed, slept, and fed to the canvas, is infinite times worse than being held and caught in a submission hold.”

What do you make of Conor McGregor commenting on Dustin Poirier and his preference to rematch Khabib Nurmagomedov for his legacy?