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The 30-0 mark was one Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had spoken of in recent years as a target before his tragic death in July from complications stemming from a coronavirus infection.
In the lead-up to UFC 254 much of the talk had been around who Khabib could face after Gaethje, with retired Canadian legend Georges St-Pierre a prominent name in the discussion.
White said before UFC 254 that he had something “special” lined up for Khabib should he overcome Gaethje, but declined to say on Thursday what that might be.
“I haven’t even said it to him, so I’m not going to say anything,” the UFC boss told CBS.
Returning to Russia this week, the 32-year-old Khabib reiterated that his decision to walk away from the octagon was final – but admitted the announcement so soon after his victory over Gaethje had even taken his mother by surprise.