After Dana White described the meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov in one way, we finally came to new statements by the UFC lightweight champion about his eventual return to the fights. As a reminder, Dana White said on Saturday that Khabib said he could come back if one of the participants in the two main fight UFC 257 shows him something special, something that would make him come back.
But is that really so? Judging by an interview Nurmagomedov gave to Russian media Sport24 in Abu Dhabi, it can be concluded that he understood Khabib's words in a way that suits him, ie in a way that would help sell the UFC 257 event led by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier on Saturday.
"Do you know what drives athletes forward? Hunger! There has to be some motivation and hunger, if that doesn't exist, then there's no success. I've been in sports for a long time, I've been doing this my whole life and I've achieved almost everything I could."
"I would like to fight. I know there are a lot of fighters who want to earn something and who crave some things, but what can I do for them? A lot of people don't want to understand my side, "Khabib said, and then came the part that is president The UFC clearly understood how it suited him:
Will he get back?
"To get back, for something really special has to happen.
But in the future we have UFC fights Zubaira, Islam, and Tagir, we have fighters in our promotion." "Lots of tournaments everywhere and that's what my current projects are and what I intend to work. I have so many plans and jobs ahead of me but the fights are not among them.
I train for myself, training is something that gives me the most pleasure." " I enjoy everything that martial training brings and that is what I will continue to do. Fighting? That is not in my plan! " Khabib explained his retirement in October last year as a promise he made to his mother.
Now he reiterated that it was very important to him and that at the moment he could hardly find anything that would result in him disappointing her. "My mother is the most valuable thing I have left. And you can't make me do something that will disappoint my mother.
I have no plans or desire to go through the preparations for the fight." "I watched what Umar went through preparing for this fight and I just thanked God for leaving it behind, ”confirmed Khabib, who was seen very well enjoying the life of a coach and leader of the Eagles MMA team, and his Eagle Fighting Championship promotion should start with regular events soon.