Dana White anticipates Khabib Nurmagomedov meeting will be five minutes: ‘It’s yes or no’
ABU DHABI – UFC president Dana White doesn’t anticipate his upcoming conference with UFC light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov to be made complex.
According to White, his pitch to get Nurmagomedov (29-0 Mixed Martial Arts, 13-0 UFC) to go back to battling will fast. He’s not preparing for an argument, nor is he going to ask Nurmagomedov to do something he doesn’t wish to.
“It’s going to be a five-minute conversation,” White informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict on Wednesday. “It’s yes or no. It’s yes or no.”
The last time Nurmagomedov spoke with White about battling was right after his UFC 254 submission win over Justin Gaethje – and his subsequent in-cage retirement speech.
In White’s eyes, Nurmagomedov was captured up in the feeling of the minute. Now that the dust has actually settled, the UFC manager is positive Nurmagomedov will pick to combat once again.
“When I left Abu Dhabi last time, and he and I were texting, we went back and forth on why I think he should keep fighting,” White stated. “He was extremely psychological coming out of that battle. He’s had time now to rest, consider it, (and) all the other things. This is going to be a five-minute discussion. … I believe he’ll battle, however we’ll see. It’s not going to be an argument or a prolonged discussion. It’s going to be a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”
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Nurmagomedov, 32, sits one fight away from a perfect 30-0 record. White has indicated he wants Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor to be the milestone 30th attempt, should the Irishman beat Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
The UFC’s 3rd stint on “Fight Island” begins Saturday with UFC on ABC 1, headlined by featherweights Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, UFC on ESPN 20 occurs with a welterweight centerpiece in between Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny.
The three-event stretch concludes Saturday, Jan. 23 with UFC 257 and a pay-per-view headliner rematch in between McGregor and Poirier.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.