Khabib’s manager has made it perfectly clear that Nurmagomedov will move forward despite the loss of his father and fight again.
Khabib is supposed to make his third title defense against interim champion Justin Gaethje in September. That projected timeline is obviously nixed, but some fans have wondered if he’ll fight again at all.
Of course, the UFC lightweight champion lost his father Abdulmanap after he passed away due to complications from COVID-19. He was just 57-year-old. His father was also his primary coach and mentor.
Khabib’s Manager Expects For Him To Fight
While speaking with TMZ Sports, Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, assured everyone that “The Eagle” will fly again.
“Khabib is not retiring,” Abdelaziz said (H/T to MMA Fighting). “Khabib has some goals, he has some things he wants to accomplish. You will see him before the end of the year. Now him and Dana (are) talking and me talking to the matchmakers and we’ll try to set a date. I’m sure Dana is gonna let everybody know when Khabib is gonna fight.
“We have a blockbuster main event, him versus Justin Gaethje, two of the best lightweights in the world today and the recent era. We see what Khabib does to all his opponents. We see what Justin Gaethje did his last four opponents. He dismantled Tony Ferguson. He made him look like an absolute amateur and that’s the best two guys in the world. They’re gonna fight.”