Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz doubts he will make UFC return for Conor McGregor rematch after the Russian ‘broke his soul’ at UFC 229… and insists a big pay day would not be enough for Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement
- Khabib’s manager doubts he will return for a rematch against Conor McGregor
- Ali Abdelaziz said the Russian won’t be tempted by a pay day for UFC comeback
- The UFC lightweight champion announced his retirement in October 2020
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz doubts the Russian will be lured back to the sport for a highly-anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor.
The UFC lightweight champion announced his retirement in October 2020 after a victory against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, citing the death of his father as his main reason for walking away from the octagon.
Khabib boasted a perfect 29-0-0 record in MMA and UFC president Dana White is meeting with him later this month to try and persuade him to return.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager doubts he will return for rematch against Conor McGregor
Ali Abdelaziz said the Russian won’t be tempted by a pay day for UFC comeback
The UFC lightweight champion announced his retirement in October 2020 at UFC 254
While ‘The Eagle’ has defeated anyone in his way through the lightweight division and asserted his dominance, a rematch with McGregor continues to loom over Khabib’s exit.
The Irishman is set to rematch Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on January 23 on Fight Island, and Khabib will be in attendance.
However, Abdelaziz doubts that a big pay day for a rematch with McGregor would be enough to persuade the 32-year-old to make a comeback, after he submitted him at UFC 229 in 2018.
‘(Would) beating Conor McGregor mean anything? I don’t know,’ Abdelaziz told TMZ.
Khabib submitted the Irishman at UFC 229 in 2018 but their rivalry has continued to bubble
‘But I think it would mean a lot for the fans, and I think financially, it’s a huge fight. But we know Khabib. It’s hard to persuade him financially.
‘But my man Dana White and Khabib, they’re going to meet. I think they’re going to meet in Abu Dhabi, and after that, Khabib’s going to come to Vegas and they’re going to go to dinner in Vegas, and we’re going to figure it out.
‘Like I said, this is big boys’ business. I’m going to let them do what they do, and I’ll be a fan.’
Khabib dominated his bout with McGregor and ended the fight with a strong choke submission in the fourth round.
UFC president Dana White is set to meet Khabib later this month to persuade him to return
Abdelaziz explained that Khabib has nothing to prove by fighting him again after he ‘broke his soul’ in their 2018 fight.
‘He beat the (expletive) out of Conor,’ Abdelaziz said.
‘He did everything he wanted to do. He beat him in the striking department, he beat him the wrestling department, he beat him in the grappling department. He broke his soul. He took his will.
‘We don’t really care about him. Somebody might say $100million or something like that. I don’t think would persuade Khabib if Khabib did want to fight.
‘I really don’t know. I really didn’t pressure Khabib or ask him about it too much. I let him be.’
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