Khabib Nurmagomedov has strongly hinted he will not come out of retirement for a rematch with Dustin Poirier despite his convincing win at UFC 257.
That is according to UFC president Dana White.
Poirier upset the applecart by beating Conor McGregor on Saturday night, with the winner set to challenge for the Lightweight world title.
White had revealed that a strong showing from either Poirier or McGregor could land them a rematch with Khabib in the future.
However, the Russian has told White that he does not plan to come out of retirement to defend his title as neither are up to the challenge.
“I did talk to Khabib,” White told ESPN after the fight on Saturday night.
“And he said to me, ‘Dana be honest with yourself. I’m so many levels above these guys, I beat these guys.’ I don’t know. But it doesn’t sound very positive. We’ll see.”
White had strongly teased a return for Khabib ahead of UFC 257, revealing that he had been in contact with the 32-year-old over coming out of retirement.
“I thought he made an emotional decision; there was no need to make a hasty decision when we didn’t need to,” said White.
“I talked to him and I told him to take his time and we would get together later on, and last night we did.
“The way he feels right now is he’s accomplished all he wanted to accomplish but he thought [Charles] Oliveira looked good in his last fight against Tony Ferguson.
“And next Saturday we have McGregor vs Poirier and [Dan] Hooker vs [Michael] Chandler so his words to me were, ‘I would never tie up the division and hold the belt away from anyone else. These guys have to do something spectacular and make me want to come back’.
“I have a feeling if someone delivers – it could be in the co-main event or the main event – if these guys can do something special, Khabib will fight them.”