On Saturday, Nurmagomedov took to Instagram and discovered – in spite of saying his retirement next his submission earn about Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 – that he was lately tested by USADA for the 47th time in his occupation. That led to questions about the seriousness of the retirement announcement from the lightweight champion of the earth.
“I didn’t know that happened,” White explained to reporters about Nurmagomedov’s take a look at in a video posted by The Mac Existence. “I explained to you men that I believe he’s gonna go to [30-0]. If he’s even now tests, why the hell would you want to test if you’re not gonna fight?
“He hasn’t fully commited, but I experience like he’s gonna. I’m not genuinely pushing him. We talked about it and he just fought. Let him take some time, commit some time with his relatives, devote the holidays. There is no rush.”
Even though it hasn’t been formally declared, all indicators are pointing toward Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier headlining UFC 257 on Jan. 23, as MMA Fighting beforehand documented. White stated the strategy is to have that event in Abu Dhabi, but he was non-committal about no matter whether it would be a 1-time end or another multi-7 days operate on Fight Island.
In the stop, if McGregor and Poirier in the long run sq. off all over again in the octagon to kick off the 2021 pay out-for every-watch program, the lightweight matchup will be just be a rematch, in accordance to White. A title will not be up for grabs due to the fact White strongly believes Nurmagomedov, who technically is still the reigning 155-pound winner, will join the checklist of fighters whose retirements did not adhere.
“No, [it won’t be for the title],” White explained. “Khabib’s gonna combat (once more). I imagine he’s gonna fight. It is not for the title.”