For one reason or another, the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov, undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters of all time, is always on the table.
Khabib last competed on October 24, 2020 in Abu Dhabi and since then, he has focused on his Eagle FC promotion, as well as coaching, guiding up-and-comers such as Islam Makhachev, among others.
Currently riding a 10-fight win streak and ranked #4 among UFC lightweights, Islam Makhachev is a strong candidate to face former champion Charles Oliveira for the vacant 155-pound title.
Much has been made of the scenario where Makhachev falls to defeat to Oliveira, forcing Khabib’s return to ‘avenge’ his pupil’s setback. Unfortunately, Khabib shut down the rumors and stated that under no circumstances is he making a return to competition.
“If he [Oliveira] beats Islam, of course I’m going to feel bad. Of course I’m going to feel bad, but there’s no way people can talk about, ‘How you’re going to come back?’ Please leave me alone, let these guys fight,” he told ESPN MMA.