Khabib teases UFC return by meeting with former owner Lorenzo Fertitta and asking Dana White to 'send location'

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has teased a stunning return to the UFC, just five months after announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts.

The undefeated Russian called time on his career last October after submitting Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

Nurmagomedov briefly flirted with the prospect of fighting again in January but performed a U-turn after being less than impressed by the four lightweights on show at UFC 257.

But after a meeting with former UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, The Eagle has hinted he could strap on his gloves again with a public message to the promotion's president Dana White.

Alongside a picture of himself and Feritta, Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram: "It was good to see you Lorenzo."

"@Danawhite send me location."

UFC supremo White has been trying to convince Nurmagomedov to reverse his retirement decision for several months.

And he recently vowed to continue his bid to lure the 32-year-old back to the cage until he tells him to stop.


When asked if he'll ever stop trying to entice Nurmagomedov back, White said: "It is not going to happen. Not going to happen.

“Until Khabib says ‘leave me alone, leave me alone. Stop asking me, I am done’.

"He is not saying that, has he said that?”

Nurmagomedov hung up his gloves after promising his mother he'd no longer compete without his later father, Abdulmanap, by his side.

The Dagestani destroyer's decision to bring the curtain down on his Hall-of-Fame career when he's at the peak of his powers stunned fight fans.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten was among those left aghast by Nurmagomedov's retirement but reckons his competitive spirit will eventually lead him back to the cage.

He told SunSport: "I have to see with Khabib. He's a very competitive guy.

"In two years from now, is the blood going, 'I would love to fight again'?

"And we would all love to see him fight again and he'll make a killing.

"Maybe he will be back. I have that feeling because he's just that competitive."

Despite Nurmagomedov's retirement, the UFC have yet to relieve him of the lightweight title.

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