Dana White revealed Khabib Nurmagomedov told him he was "so many levels above" his rivals, making it unlikely the undefeated star will come out of retirement.

Khabib (29-0) sensationally retired after beating Justin Gaethje in October last year.

White has been pushing for the Russian to return for a 30th fight, but that seems unlikely to happen.

After Dustin Poirier stunned Conor McGregor, the UFC president revealed he had a conversation with Khabib.

"I did talk to Khabib," White said.

"He said to me, 'Dana, be honest with yourself, you know I'm so many levels above these guys, I beat these guys.'

"I don't know, I don't know, but it doesn't sound very positive so we'll see.

"I told you guys before he won't hold the division up. He already retired, he's basically retired, I'm the one that's been trying to get him to do one more."

White confirmed McGregor and Poirier would likely fight for the lightweight title if Khabib did not return.

UFC president Dana White said he is meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov as he presses the retired star for one more fight.

Khabib stunningly announced his retirement from the octagon after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight title at UFC 254 in October as he improved to 29-0, though the 32-year-old remains the champion.

White has retained hope of Khabib returning to the UFC, previously talking up the Russian trying to reach a flawless 30-0 record.

As Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier prepare to clash at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi on January 23, White told ESPN: "I'm obviously meeting with him [Khabib] because I think that he should fight again.

"Look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Look at what he's done to every opponent he has faced.

"I think he should fight again and I'm going to press him as hard as I can for one more."

White added: "As a promoter, you always want to see the best guys in the world, but at the same time, when a guy wants to retire, he probably should.

"The difference with a guy like Khabib is he's been through so much, and losing his dad was a major blow to him. Yet, his dad wanted him to hit 30-0.

"No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, but one of the best to ever do it. And right now, he's as focused as he's ever been.

"I don't know if this is going to be the same Conor after the Poirier fight, but if this Conor sticks around for the next year, how do you not do Khabib vs. Conor again?"

Khabib Nurmagomedov expects the winner of the Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier bout to fight for the UFC lightweight championship.

Khabib stunningly announced his retirement from the octagon after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight title at UFC 254 in October as he improved to 29-0, though the 32-year-old remains the champion.

As McGregor and Poirier prepare for their January 23 clash at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, Khabib believes the winner will go on to compete for his crown.

"Top three [lightweight] fighters right now? Poirier, McGregor and [Islam] Makhachev. He is not in the top-five yet, but those are the best fighters," Khabib told Match TV.

"My belt will be taken by the winner of Dustin and Conor."

Khabib has continued to insist he will not come out of retirement to fight in the UFC, and the Russian added: "[UFC president] Dana White and I are constantly in touch -- the moment about the vacancy of the belt was not discussed.

"It seems to me that this is because the organisation really wants me to resume my career.

"This is understandable -- I spent nine years in the league, I had many fights, became a champion, defended the title, never lost, I have a huge fan base from around the world.

"My performances are already a kind of history. The desire of the UFC is understandable to me, I don't blame them. I will not hide -- they [try to] persuade me to return.

"There's nothing surprising about that. They offer conditions, fighters -- but it is hard to surprise me; they have no one to offer me. Soon, in a couple of weeks, we'll be meeting with Dana to discuss."

Dana White says Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will have a rematch next year after they put on what he felt could have been the greatest UFC flyweight in history on Saturday.

Figueiredo retained his world flyweight title with a majority draw in an enthralling battle with Moreno at UFC 256 on Saturday.

Two judges scored it 47-47 and another awarded it 47-46 to Figueiredo, who was deducted a point for a low blow in the third round at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Figueiredo revealed that he was in hospital in the early hours of the morning of the bout with an infection in his stomach, making the defence of his belt even more impressive.

UFC boss White said the pair - who were each fighting for the second time in the space of just three weeks - will lock horns again next year after they put on a thrilling main event.

"You gotta give these guys some time off, but you absolutely positively do that rematch. That's another fun fight for us all to look forward to in 2021." White said.

He added: "Tonight we put on a potential fight of the year and the potential greatest fight in the division's history.

"We throw the word around a lot, but both of these two are absolute savages."

White said Figueiredo had no intention of pulling out of the title fight despite his hospital trip.

He said: "Any time a guy goes to the hospital you're in danger [of the fight being called off]. He was obviously clear medically to fight, he had the option over whether to fight or not but he wanted to fight."

Khabib Nurmagomedov is not interested in coming out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier in the UFC, having already "choked both".

Khabib, 32, stunningly announced his retirement from the octagon after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight championship at UFC 254 in October as he improved to 29-0.

UFC president Dana White has previously felt Russian star Khabib would perform a retirement U-turn and aim to take his flawless fighting record to 30-0.

But Khabib played down a possible rematch with McGregor or Poirier, who will go head-to-head in Abu Dhabi on January 23.

After forcing McGregor into submission in their UFC 229 blockbuster in October 2018, Khabib also made Poirier tap out with a rear-naked choke in September last year.

"What for? I choked both," Nurmagomedov said when asked about facing the winner of the McGregor-Poirier showdown. "Why I should do this?

"There is no sports interest there. I choked both of them, both were champions, both surrendered to me. As our proverb says: A horse doesn't run until the donkey wins.

"Donkeys don't even take part in competitions where horses run. I have no interest in fighting against these opponents.

"Imagine UFC offered you $100million. This is already a problem. But there is no sports interest there."

UFC president Dana White said the proposed rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is not yet official, with the Irish star still to sign his agreement.

McGregor and Poirier are set to go head-to-head inside the Octagon on January 23 – the former beat the American fighter via a first-round TKO at UFC 178 in 2014.

Late last month, White said the McGregor-Poirier was done, however, the UFC boss backtracked amid reports on Tuesday.

"It's not true that the fight is booked. Dustin is signed, but Conor hasn't received or signed his bout agreement," White told ESPN.

"We sent the bout agreement to Conor today, but nothing is done yet. Jan. 23 on Fight Island if everything goes according to plans.

"There are a ton of if's right now. I have to see where the world is in the next couple of months."

McGregor announced his decision to retire in June, having returned to the UFC in January after a 15-month absence and knocked out Donald Cerrone at welterweight in just 40 seconds.

Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor has not fought since – the Irish star had been planning to fight three times in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic scuppered that strategy.

"I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again," McGregor said in a lengthy Instagram post. "I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry. Whatever tool is needed on the night will be pulled from the duffel.

"I am also really excited about aiding Dustins charity 'The Good Fight Foundation', which through the donation, will build a gym/premise for disadvantaged youth in his childhood hometown.

"I truly love this, and pledge to match the donation on a premise in my own childhood hometown! Both spots with an ode to the upcoming bout. Excellent stuff! See you guys soon."

McGregor – who previously faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. – is set to return to the boxing ring and face eight-division world champion Pacquiao, whose camp has said he will donate his earnings from the fight to victims of the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines.

Talks are ongoing and no date or venue has been set, though McGregor claimed it would take place in the Middle East.

Dana White says Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier is "done", but Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the UFC lightweight champion despite announcing his retirement.

The UFC offered the Poirier fight to McGregor last month, with the former two-weight champion – who had previously said he was retired – accepting the bout on social media.

White was asked on Saturday if that contest had now been signed and said: "The fight's done. As far as I know, it's done."

But both McGregor and Poirier will have to wait for another shot at the lightweight title.

They each lost in championship fights to Khabib, who will continue to hold the belt even after claiming he would not fight again.

Khabib moved to 29-0 by beating Justin Gaethje in October in the first fight since the death of his father, who was also his coach, then seemingly quit the sport.

But White has since suggested the Russian could return and confirmed the company would not be opening up an interim title.

"He didn't say that he'll fight, but he didn't say no," White said. "He's considering the 30-0. His father wanted it.

"He was super emotional [against Gaethje], had the mumps, measles, whatever, a broken toe, trained on a stationary bike for that fight and then came in and fought.

"He's still the champ. There's no vacant title right now or an interim title happening. He's the champ and we'll give him some time to figure out what he wants to do."

White also had news impacted other divisions, with middleweight champ Israel Adesanya to take on light heavyweight king Jan Blachowicz.

Robert Whittaker, who Adesanya knocked out last October, was not interested in a rematch, the UFC president said.

"When the last fight was over, I was thinking I'm going to have to sit down with this kid and convince him why he has to fight Whittaker," White explained.

"Whittaker comes out and says he doesn't want to fight him, craziest s*** I've ever seen. There's no arguing with Israel now.

"I thought Whittaker deserved the shot and Whittaker doesn't want it, so yeah, we'll let him do it [against Blachowicz]."

Anderson Silva refused to call time on his MMA career after losing to Uriah Hall on Saturday, but Dana White has little interest in letting him fight in the UFC again.

Silva is widely acknowledged as one of the sport's greatest ever competitors but was handed his 11th professional defeat – and third in succession – by Hall.

The 45-year-old was stopped by TKO at one minute and 24 seconds in the fourth round of the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Silva had to sit down for his post-fight interview, which did not impress UFC president White, who claimed he made a mistake by letting the Brazilian take to the Octagon.

"Look at Anderson. He couldn't even stand up to do his interview," White said. "He had to sit down to do his interview, and I made a big mistake.

"I shouldn't have let him fight this fight tonight.

"Out of respect to him – he's a legend of the sport and he's a legend of this company – I did something that I disagreed with.

"I knew I was right and tonight proved I was right, and Anderson Silva should never fight again."

Silva said in his interview this was his "last show for my fans in UFC" but would not commit to never fighting again.

"I don't know," he said. "First, I go back home and go see with my team and everything. Let's see.

"Because it's tough to say it's my last or not. This is my air. This is what I do for my entire life and with my heart. Let's go see."

Silva has a 34-11 record with one no contest.

He won the UFC middleweight championship by beating Rich Franklin in 2006 and successfully defended his title 10 times before losing to Chris Weidman in 2013, failing to recover his belt in a subsequent defeat to the same man.

UFC president Dana White believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will come out of retirement and aim to improve his record to 30-0.

Khabib, 32, stunningly announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight championship at UFC 254 last week.

But White feels Khabib will return to honour his father Abdulmanap, who died in July after complications from a coronavirus infection.

"Khabib and I have been talking," White told CBS Sports on Thursday.

"He was completely emotional that night when he got through that fight. I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0."

White added: "I think that he's not going to retire.

"His dad wanted him to get to 30-0 and I think he wants to honour his dad's wish."

Robert Whittaker's impressive victory over Jared Cannonier has paved the way for a rematch against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, according to Dana White. 

Whittaker triumphed via unanimous decision in Saturday's co-main event at UFC 254, using his jab effectively to improve his record to 22-5. 

The Australian has now won twice since losing the belt to Adesanya in 2019 – he also outpointed Darren Till back in July – but could get a shot at regaining it next.

White was impressed with the performance against Cannonier, so another meeting with Adesanya "makes sense".

"It's very appealing to me. It's a fight that make sense right now," White told the media after the UFC 254 event. 

"Adesanya has a lot of options, but the fight that makes the most sense is Whittaker.  

"I thought Cannonier was going to be a much tougher challenge for him. He looked good, so the Adesanya fight makes sense."

Adesanya, who claimed the belt with a second-round stoppage at UFC 243, had talked up a potential clash with Cannonier after beating Paulo Costa in September.

As for Whittaker, his main focus is on celebrating Christmas ahead of a new arrival to the family.

However, he made clear his desire to face Adesanya again "one day", promising that he has a "couple of tricks" to help avenge the previous loss.

"He [Adesanya] is a tough fight, man. He's so good, and he only looked better in his last fight - and the fact he beat me once already," Whittaker said in his post-fight press conference.

"But I feel like I've a couple of tricks I can roll out, I can play it differently next time. 

"I do want to fight him, one day. Whether it's in my career or in a parking lot someday. I feel like our paths will cross again. 

"But I'm not worried about who I fight next. My whole mentality is you line them up, I'll knock them down. I'm pretty good at that."

Dana White felt lucky to see Khabib Nurmagomedov's final fight and will now give the retiring champion the time to "emotionally heal" before discussing the future.

Khabib beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to unify the lightweight division, yet then revealed he had entered the Octagon for the final time.

The Russian, who lost his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov to coronavirus complications, said he had promised his mother this would be his last bout.

UFC president White's post-event news conference prompted questions of whether he believed Khabib's claims.

White was not looking to place any pressure on the fighter, though, and also revealed "one of the toughest human beings on the planet" had been carrying a secret injury.

"What this guy's been through, we're all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight," White said.

"I'm hearing rumours of other things that I didn't hear about. Apparently he was in the hospital. He broke his foot three weeks ago.

"He has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that was broken – something like that – that's what his corner was telling me.

"He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet.

"He is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Seriously you have to start putting him up with GOAT status with whoever else you think is the GOAT.

"When guys want to fight, they want to fight. When guys don't want to fight, they don't want to fight.

"Let him take some time off, let him heal – not physically but emotionally heal from what he's going through with losing his father.

"As I said, we're all lucky we got to see him tonight."

White was blown away by Khabib's punishing performance, particularly after he struggled to make weight and appeared to be overcome with emotion before, during and after the event.

"It almost smelt like an upset tonight, the way he reacted at the weigh-in, the way he acted when he was walking out tonight," White said.

"He didn't look like himself, breathing heavy and taking deep breaths, but wow."

UFC president Dana White said he is working on some "fun stuff" for Irish star Conor McGregor as he hinted at a possible comeback next year.

McGregor announced his decision to retire in June, having returned to the Octagon in January after a 15-month absence and knocked out Donald Cerrone at welterweight in just 40 seconds.

Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor had been planning to fight three times in 2020, however, the coronavirus pandemic scuppered that strategy.

White previously said no bout was planned for McGregor in 2021 but he told ESPN's SportsCenter on Thursday: "We're actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year.

"He should be back next year. I'm not saying he's coming back to fight, guaranteed, but we're talking right now about some stuff."

The 32-year-old McGregor boasts a 22-4 record, which includes wins over Eddie Alvarez, Nate Diaz and Jose Aldo, though he lost a blockbuster showdown to unbeaten Russian rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

McGregor's agent Audie Attar added to ESPN: "We had some very interesting talks with the UFC recently. We are excited about the future and working on some fun things. Exciting things to come in the near future."

Tony Ferguson's next fight has been booked and is "probably" against Dustin Poirier, UFC president Dana White said.

Ferguson lost the interim lightweight belt to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 in May, taking plenty of punishment and suffering a broken eye socket.

But the 36-year-old appears keen to quickly get back in the Octagon and has hinted at a return on social media, posting on Twitter earlier this week: "Lightweight Division On Notice."

White has now confirmed Ferguson has agreed to fight again.

"We do [have a fight lined up]," said the UFC chief, who was then asked if it would be with Poirier. He replied: "Probably."

Poirier is also a former interim champion, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov last September.

White was speaking after Saturday's event, where Frankie Edgar made his bantamweight debut and beat fifth-ranked Pedro Munhoz.

Edgar - a former lightweight champion who lost a featherwight title fight to Max Holloway last year - is now a contender, says White, although he will have to wait for his shot at the championship.

Indeed, White confirmed bantamweight king Petr Yan's next challenger would be Aljamain Sterling.

"Obviously there's some things that have to play out and there's people ahead of [Edgar]," he said.

"He put on a good showing and put himself in a good position, but he's got some work to do. Two or one [more fight], I don't know - it depends on who he fights next."

Dana White does not believe we have seen the last of Daniel Cormier in the Octagon after his defeat to Stipe Miocic in the main event at UFC 252.

Cormier confirmed his retirement after losing the heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday, Miocic securing a unanimous 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 points decision.

The 41-year-old American said he was unable to see out of his left eye after being "poked" by Miocic in what he described as a "very sad" end to his MMA career.

UFC president White suspects Cormier will have a change of heart over his decision to quit.

"I just think Cormier, the way that guy is, the competitor that he is - he says, 'I'm not going out like that.' I don't know, that's my prediction," White said of the former two-division UFC champion.

White added on Twitter: "Thanks for everything @dc_mma I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you."

Cormier was reportedly taken to hospital to get his eye examined but White says the injury cannot be used as an excuse for his defeat in the trilogy battle.

"There were two eye pokes, they both got poked in the eye," said the UFC boss.

"And Cormier, that eye was hurt before the poke. We got a big group text that goes on and I was like, 'There's something wrong with Cormier's eye' and he got poked after that.

"That didn't help. But they both got poked - you can't use that as an excuse."

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