Dana White – Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially retired; Michael Chandler Charles Oliveira for the title

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Who is arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, is officially retired, and even UFC President Dana White is ready to move on.

White told ESPN on Thursday that he had met Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas, and the unbeaten Lightweight Champion repeated that he had no intention of fighting again. As a result, UFC is finalizing a lightweight fight between Michael Chandler And the Charles Oliveira To UFC 262 on May 15, according to White.

“Khabib is retired and does not want to disrupt the division,” White told ESPN via text message. “Tonight was our last meeting while he was retired.”

Nurmagomedov (29-0) announced his retirement from MMA in October, but White has repeatedly said that he hopes to fight the champion of Dagestan again. Nurmagomedov defended the Lightweight Championship three times against Justin GethjeAnd the Dustin Poirier And the Conor McGregor.

Looking to the future, Chandler (22-5) is a former three-time Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion. He signed with the UFC in 2020 and made his debut in January vs. Dan Hooker At UFC 257 at Fight Island. He scored the first-round knockout at only 2:30.

Fighting from the Sanford MMA in South Florida, Chandler is 6-1 in his past seven competitions.

Oliveira (30-8) is currently in a winning streak of eight matches, including a dominant decision over the former interim champion. Tony Ferguson At UFC 256 in December. The 31-year-old has been in trouble since moving from featherweight in 2017, with a record 9-1. He finished eight of those nine wins at £ 155.

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