Khabib Nurmagomedov has no interest in UFC return and denies Dana White 30-0 claims with plans to be a farmer and study

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has poured cold water on reversing his retirement to return to the UFC.

That is despite UFC president Dana White backing the lightweight champion to come back for one final fight and attempt to go 30-0.

Nurmagomedov, 32, said: “You can fight until you’re 40 but there should be a goal.

“I had a goal to reach the summit and I got there. Further, I have no competitive interest.

“Next year I will graduate. I’d like to [build on] my thesis, do a masters course, dedicate more time to studying.

“I’ve bought sheep, I tend to my farm. I’d like to develop in this field a little. I have the bull calves out to feed, I have cows.

“I would like to take part in a place where I can bring a benefit. It doesn’t have to be big politics.

"Right now I can bring a benefit without being a politician, and that’s enough for me.”

Nurmagomedov announced the shocking news that he would be hanging up the gloves following his win over Justin Gaethje, 31, at UFC 254.

It was the first fight since the loss of his influential father Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 in July after contracting coronavirus.

The emotional Russian – who moved to 29-0 – admitted he could not fight any longer without his mentor.

But beforehand, Khabib had confirmed his father always wanted him to retire unbeaten in 30 fights.

As a result, White is confident the Dagestani star would return for one more to close out his career – and would even put money on it.

He told TMZ Sports: "I think there's a good chance he does.

"His father wanted him to go 30-0, super emotional after that last fight, he'd been through a lot, a ton of s***.

"So, I think he will. Nothing's done. If I had to make a bet – and I'm a betting man – I would bet he does."

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