There has been plenty of talk lately about Khabib Nurmagomedov coming out of retirement and facing names like Charles Oliveira. The former UFC lightweight champion has not actually talked about coming back though.
Khabib Nurmagomedov does have his own representative fighting as Islam Makhachev is close to a UFC lightweight title shot himself. Charles Oliveira has been the man all the Russians seem to talk about.
“If Charles wins, Islam will have to give him credit. Then he’s gonna be undisputed UFC lightweight champion,” Khabib told ESPN during a recent interview (h/t BJPenn.com). “Right now, I believe he’s champion, I believe. People talk about half pound [missing weight], he deserves it. Right now in this moment, he deserves to be champion. He’s doing a very good job, but he’s not undisputed. When I finished, I was undisputed. I was undisputed. I fight with Conor, interim champ Dustin Poirier, interim champ Justin Gaethje, who just beat primetime Tony Ferguson. These guys were in a different time in a different prime, not like now when they fight Charles Oliveira. It was like one and a half, two years ago. That time when I finished, I was undisputed.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov finally addressed the talk of him coming back to the UFC. It’s safe to say he made his thoughts on the matter very clear.
“Charles is champion, I agree with him. But, he’s not undisputed, brother. If he beats Islam of course I’m gonna feel bad, but people are gonna talk about oh Khabib can come back, please, leave me alone. Let these guys fight! This is different time.”
“We’re gonna come to Brazil, Islam gonna ride Charles Oliveira like his horse. We gonna take this belt, we gonna show them if Sambo was easy, it would be called Jiu-Jitsu. And we gonna go home with UFC lightweight belt.”