“I’ve abandoned all hope, so you should too. [Khabib‘s] done. Believe me, I threw the kitchen sink at this kid, tried to get him to stick around and I think he’s done,” White said, via TMZ.
Clearly, White has been doing everything imaginable to get Khabib back in the UFC. After all, he’s one of the most decorated fighters of all-time, going a perfect 29-0 in his career. At 32-years-old, he’s likely in his prime, but the Russian doesn’t have anything left to prove.
White offered more insight on the situation:
“I think he’s sliding into this coach’s role. You know, he went undefeated in his career and retired undefeated, and now he’s undefeated as a coach too. So, Khabib has had nothing but success, he continues to be successful, and I think he’s moving on to that next chapter of his life.”
I mean, it’s understandable. While I’m sure Khabib would love to beat Conor McGregor silly one more time, he’s found a new passion in watching up-and-coming fighters develop and compete.
You know if Dana White is shutting down the possibility of a return, then it’s probably not happening.