UFC president Dana White says he is going to press retired star Khabib Nurmagomedov “as hard as I can for one more” fight in the Octagon. White has not spoken to the 32-year-old former lightweight champion (29-0) since he announced his emotional retirement after dominating Justin Gaethje via second-round submission at UFC 254 in October. The pair are scheduled for a sit-down on Fight Island some time this month. “I’m obviously meeting with him because I believe that he should fight again. I mean, look at what he did to Justin Gaethje, look at what he’s done to every opponent he has faced,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “The only time we talked was when I was flying home after his last fight. The night of the fight we talked but since then it was all in text. Our first face-to-face sit-down will be on Fight Island and I will have an answer for you that night. “I have no idea [how the meeting will go] but I think he should fight again and I’m going to press him as hard as I can for one more.” White had previously said he was confident in persuading Khabib to return for a chance to go an undefeated 30-0. However, the Dagestani is likely still grieving from the death of his father and lifelong coach Abdulmanap from Covid-19 in July last year. He said he promised his mother he would not fight again after the Gaethje fight. “As a promoter, you always want the best guys in the world but at the same time, when a guy wants to retire, he probably should,” White said. “The difference with Khabib is he has been through so much and losing his dad was such a major blow. It was something that they did together, yet his dad wanted him to hit 30-0. But as a fight fan, I want Khabib to fight 10 more,” White said, adding that rival Conor McGregor (22-4) is the “right opponent” should he return. The Irishman lost to Khabib via fourth-round submission at UFC 229 in 2018. “Then there’s always the argument, ‘it’s never a bad thing to go out on top’. And when you talk about money, Khabib has money beyond belief. This guy doesn’t ever have to work again. And he still has the ability to do things to make unbelievable money. He’s in a very unique position as a fighter.” In January, Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said not even “$100 million” would tempt team Khabib for a McGregor rematch , but a superfight against fellow retired legend Georges St-Pierre would.