Dana White shared the video of the start of their meeting on social media. UFC public relations staff issued an alert that the UFC president would announce the outcome of his meeting with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday on ABC during the main card featured by the featherweights Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar.
And broadcasters Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier and Dan Hardy teased him breathlessly before the prelims opened on ESPN +.
It turned out to be nothing.
White hoped Nurmagomedov would change his mind and announce that he was not retiring. Nurmagomedov shocked virtually anyone who practices mixed martial arts in October when he announced his retirement at 29-0 after his submission of Justin Gaethje to UFC 254.
Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, had died of COVID-19 a few months earlier. The two were extraordinarily close. His mother asked him to stop fighting.
He suffered from a difficult training camp for Gaethje’s fight, better …
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