After his impressive second round submission win vs Justin Gaethje back in October 2020, Khabib Nurmagomedov decided to leave his gloves in the Octagon and call it a day. Despite his retirement at the back end of 2020, Khabib can still be seen at most UFC events. With his new cryptic message he has fan speculated that he might return to the game.
Fans think former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may have hinted at a return on his Instagram. On March 8, 2022, Nurmagomedov made a cryptic post of himself in an MMA cage with a large UFC logo in the background. The caption was simply the eyes emoji and fans went wild with speculation.
Fans noticed the logo placement and cryptic caption and went wild with speculation about a potential return to competition.
“Comeback?” someone wrote.
“Yo dont get us excited Khabib lol” a fan commented.
“Please return!!” another fan commented.
“You coming back” another fan asked.
“One more fight?” someone said.
“WHAT DOES THIS MEAN” another fan wrote in all caps.
“Why you teasing us bro?” someone tweeted in response to the photo.
“The eagle rises again” another fan tweeted.
Someone tweeted a GIF from the movie “Dumb and Dumber” where the lead character is saying “so you’re telling me there’s a chance.”
“the come-back ??????????????” another fan wrote on Instagram.
During the UFC 272 broadcast on March 5, 2022, the UFC announced Nurmagomedov would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. With a record of 29-0 he remained undefeated throughout his Mixed Martial Arts career, finishing his career in the UFC as the Champion of the lightweight division.
Perhaps part due to his regular appearances at major UFC events, but also due to his somewhat unrivalled legacy, fans and fighters alike are always wondering whether Khabib will step back into the octagon and push for that 30th win on his record.