Currently, Khabib Noormagomedov is the lightweight title holder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Eagle” announced his retirement on October 24 after a second-round submission victory over Justin Gethse at UFC 254 Headliner. In a recent interview, UFC President Dana White said she had a “feeling” that Normagomedov would eventually return and hope to achieve a 30-0 career mark.
After UFC Fight Night 181 on Saturday, White reiterated that sentiment at a combat press conference in the evening.
“Well, he did not say he would fight, but he did not say no,” White said. “He’s looking 30-0. His dad wanted him and I think he’s super emotional.
When Normagomedov made his statement, he said that his decision was based on a promise he made to his mother before UFC 254. However, White said the UFC lightweight crown would not be vacated as long as Normagomedov was likely to return. This means that the upcoming clash between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poyer, for example, will not have championship hardware on the line.
“He is still the winner – the empty title is not currently open, or the interim title is not happening,” White said of Normagomedov. “He’s a winner and we’ll give him some time to find out what he wants to do.” [about it]. He said he was going to talk to his mother. “