UFC Chief Dana White has been saying a lot of things lately. He recently made headlines after criticizing Logan Paul, the YouTuber who’s become a boxer and fought the likes of K.S.I. & Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This time around, he had something nice to say. He expressed his affection and respect for Khabib Nurmagomedov, suggesting that he still wants the mix martial artist to get back in the Octagon and eradicate all competition. Dana spoke about wanting to keep Khabib in the action on the Mike Tyson Podcast along with Zab Judah:

Khabib’s awesome. I’m trying to talk him out of retirement, which I never do – I never try to talk people out of retirement but this guy’s the baddest dude in the world. He’s the best in the world right now. He makes s**tloads of money, he’s made a ton of money, and he feels like he’s levels above all these guys. I hope he sticks around – I’m trying.

After Tyson asked White to talk about the fighter he likes seeing in action the most, he named Conor McGregor, the man whose win-streak was broken by Khabib himself. He said:

Conor McGregor comes out, puts on a show, the world goes crazy, the whole world is buzzing when that guy fights. He’s a showman, 100 percent.

White also sang words of praises around strawweight champion Zhang Weili, calling her beautiful, as well as saying the he is open to arranging a raging battle between her and the Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, which is one of the most anticipated match up in UFC these days.

After the focus of the conversation shifted on Mike Tyson, White asked how did he feel about going against Roy Jones Jr. in a fight last year that was purely done on an exhibition basis. Mike responded:

I wanted to go the distance.  didn’t want to knock nobody out. If there’s anything in the world I can do, I can fight – that’s all I can do.

Now that Khabib has been called back by Dana White himself, let’s see what would he have to say.

Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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