A former UFC lightweight champion revealed on social media Wednesday that Khabib Nurmagomedov had “agreed to come out of retirement” with the UFC so long as he’s doing it to avenge his protege’s loss. Rafael dos Anjos has long lobbied for a fight against Nurmagomedov, and he’s even suggested he’d be willing to face rising star Islam Makhachev to earn his shot atNurmagomedov. Now, “RDA” says it could be “Khabib Time” in the UFC again real soon.
Per dos Anjos, it’s RDA vs. Makhachev next, and RDA would get Nurmagomedov after that so long as he wins that fight on October 30 in Abu Dhabi.
He posted, “I just heard back from the UFC that Islam accepted to fight me Oct 30 5 rounds in Abu Dhabi and Khabib agreed to come out of retirement to avenge his brother’s loss after that.”
Nurmagomedov retired 29-0 after defeating Justin Gaethje by second-round submission at UFC 254 in October 2020.
“The Eagle” currently coaches Makhachev, one of the fastest-rising lightweight prospects in the sport, and he’s told anyone who will listen to him that Makhachev is on his way to capturing UFC gold.
Makhachev defeated Thiago Moises by fourth-round submission over the weekend at the latest UFC Fight Night card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
It was another dominant performance for the 29-year-old, and now he’s won eight straight fights in the UFC.
After his stunning victory, Makhachev jumped all the way up to No. 5 in the UFC’s official 155-pound rankings, but he’s yet to face a fighter as credentialed as dos Anjos.
RDA is currently ranked No. 7, but he’s a former champion at 155 pounds, and his resume is packed with top-flight names.
According to dos Anjos on Wednesday, he’ll be the fighter who gets the next crack at the 20-1 Makhachev, and that will give the veteran his big chance to win his way to facing the undefeated Nurmagomedov.
If RDA beats Makhachev, Nurmagomedov returns for one more fight.
If he loses, and that’s probably what Nurmagomedov is betting on happening if agreed to come back the way RDA said he did, he’ll be the biggest name on Makhachev’s record to date.
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