Dana White has already told his existing light-weight winner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, to just take as a great deal time as he desires to mourn the passing of his father prior to he returns to motion. “The Eagle” was in line to defend his belt versus Justin Gaethje at UFC 253 on Sept. 19 in Abu Dhabi.
But following his father and coach handed away a couple of months back, his delay to action was expected. But in accordance to his very shut buddy and coaching associate, Daniel Cormier, due to the fact Khabib was so tight with his father Abdulmanap, he is unlikely to return to the Octagon afterwards this yr.
If at all.
“I knew right away that Khabib wasn’t likely to (occur back in September). … It is heading to be also hard. It is going to be way too difficult. Khabib is working with anything which is so challenging and so tough. And like we spoke a pair of weeks back, him and his dad’s relationship is so substantially various. He was every little thing to him, and now he’s long gone, so it is heading to be awhile before we see Khabib,” Cormier said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Clearly show (through MMA Junkie).
“I don’t assume he’s preventing this year, actually. And it’s heading to just take a whole lot of power from a incredibly strong man for Khabib to be back in the octagon, ever. I just know what Abdulmanap intended to him, and I know that this was their journey alongside one another,” explained the previous UFC champ-champ.
“I hope he fights, but I really do not know. I don’t know. Like I explained, he’s going to have to muster up a good deal of toughness for an already strong human being to go out there and do it. And if he does, I just really do not know how extended he’ll be around. Possibly he fights and honors his father with a further substantial and unbelievable performance.”
In truth, visa troubles had frequently prevented Abdulmanap from cornering “The Eagle” since making his way to UFC. But when Khabib was booked to deal with Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi previous year, Abdulmanap was ideal there contacting the pictures for his son.
“But I glimpse back again at his battle in September (2019), and when he received, the way his father reacted it practically … you noticed the video clip when his father reacts just after he won in opposition to Dustin Poirier, and it was practically like his spirit was loaded with joy looking at his child do that. I’m just delighted they obtained to share that jointly.”
Khabib’s manger not too long ago disclosed that “The Eagle” experienced offered Justin Gaethje the go-in advance to combat Conor McGregor in its place of ready all-around for his possible return to motion. Gaethje, however, turned down the offer you and opted to enjoy the waiting match.
And now that it could be possibly be a longer wait around than predicted, there is no telling what Gaethje and UFC will do as the conclude of 2020 draws nearer.