'Show me something spectacular': Dana White says Khabib could reverse retirement decision... if lightweight rivals impress

'Show me something spectacular': Dana White says Khabib could reverse retirement decision... if lightweight rivals impress

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has left the door open to reverse his retirement decision, UFC president Dana White has revealed, RT reports. 

White met with Khabib on Friday at a UAE Warriors event in Abu Dhabi, as the internet melted down amid rumors and speculation of how their much-anticipated face-to-face meeting played out.

Early on Saturday, White said that he would reveal the outcome of their conversation before the start of the main card at UFC on ABC 1, the promotion's 2021 curtain-raiser on Fight Island.

And later in the day, the UFC boss shared the news that the undefeated Russian superstar could return to the octagon - but with the caveat that it would have to be against a lightweight rival he deems an exciting challenge.

White said that Khabib had been impressed with Charles Oliveira's win over Tony Ferguson in December, and that he would also have his eye on next week's UFC 257 card, where lightweight rivals Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier meet in the main event and Dan Hooker and former Bellator champion Michael Chandler meet in the co-main event, also at 155lbs. 

White said Khabib's message to him had been to "show me something spectacular" in order to lure him back, but that he would "never tie up the division."

"If somebody delivers... I have the feeling he (Khabib) will fight them," White said. 

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