Former UFC “champ-champ” Daniel Cormier does not know if Khabib Nurmagomedov will return to the Octagon.
Khabib is the reigning UFC lightweight winner. He hasn’t competed due to the fact Sept. 2019. Nurmagomedov preferred to return in July soon after not currently being in a position to face Tony Ferguson following the UFC moved on to an interim title bout. Justin Gaethje ended up defeating Ferguson but the combat with Khabib is not going on this month. That is mainly because Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, handed absent.
Daniel Cormier Discusses Khabib’s Up coming Shift Just after Father’s Passing
Cormier and Khabib are teammates at American Kickboxing Academy. “DC” spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and he admitted he does not see Khabib combating in 2020 regardless of supervisor Ali Abdelaziz’s insistence that “The Eagle” will combat Justin Gaethje just before 2020 will come to a close (h/t BJPenn.com).
“I never assume he’s battling this calendar year, actually,” Cormier reported on DC & Helwani. “And it is likely to just take a large amount of energy from a extremely powerful male for Khabib to be back again in the Octagon, ever, I believe.”
Cormier went on to say that Khabib’s father meant the world to him and even if “The Eagle” returns, he’s unsure how extensive he’ll stick all around.
“I just know what Abdulmanap intended to him, I know that this was their journey with each other. I hope he fights, but I do not know. Like I reported, he’s heading to have to muster up a ton of strength for an now powerful individual to go out there and do it. And if he does, I just don’t know how very long he’ll be all around.”
UFC president Dana White has explained he’s leaving Khabib alone as he mourns the reduction of his father. While the UFC manager has not dominated out the September time body for Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje, he isn’t hurrying items. The initial described prepare was for that matchup to consider location at UFC 253 but naturally things are up in the air.