Shavkat Rakhmonov Open To Future Training With Khabib’s Team

Rising UFC welterweight contender Shavkat Rakhmonov has discussed the possibility of training with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team down the line. Rakhmonov, a former champion under the banner of Russia’s M-1 Global promotion, has been an unstopp…

Rising UFC welterweight contender Shavkat Rakhmonov has discussed the possibility of training with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team down the line. Rakhmonov, a former champion under the banner of Russia’s M-1 Global promotion, has been an unstoppable force since arriving on MMA’s biggest stage in 2020. Fresh off a title win and subsequent defense in 2019, “Nomad”…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov details decision to retire and explains why he will never fight again

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov famously walked away from fighting following his third UFC lightweight title defense in 2020. After amassing an incredible 29-0 record, ‘The Eagle’ decided that it was time to hang up the gloves. Despite cutting his career short, Nurmagomedov is still considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history. His legacy now continues […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov famously walked away from fighting following his third UFC lightweight title defense in 2020.

After amassing an incredible 29-0 record, ‘The Eagle’ decided that it was time to hang up the gloves. Despite cutting his career short, Nurmagomedov is still considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history. His legacy now continues through his students including current lightweight champions Islam Makhachev and Usman Nurmagomedov.

Fans today still question why a fighter who was in his prime and on top of the world would suddenly walk away from the sport that made him a millionaire. The decision to retire came just a few months after the tragic passing of Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s father and head coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. That undoubtedly played a significant role in his decision but keeping the promise he made to his mother is why we will likely never see ‘The Eagle’ compete again.

For Khabib Nurmagomedov, Keeping the Promise He Made to His Mother is ‘Everything’

Appearing at a Class A Events convention in Toronto, Nurmagomedov spoke about the love and respect he has for his mother and as a result, will never break the promise he made to her. The promise to never fight again.

“Because of I finish my career, because I promise mother, that’s why this one question, discussion between me and my mother become very famous,” Nurmagomedov said. “But we had a lot of different things people don’t know about this. Not only this promise. I follow not only this promise to my mother. I follow everything about Mother. You can have friends or kids, whatever. You can have whatever you want, but you’re never going to have one more mother. You have only one mother. For me, it’s everything. For me, it’s everything.”

“I love mother because of millions and millions of reason,” Nurmagomedov said. “I know even in Dagestan, this is not about Dagestan, but I know a lot of people have bad relationship with parents. I really, really don’t understand this. How can people have bad relationship with parents? Yes, mother, for me is everything. Even now, she is still with me, like living with me in same house. I treat her like queen.”

Though we may never see Khabib Nurmagomedov compete inside the Octagon again, you can still catch a glimpse of ‘The Eagle’ cornering the next generation of Dagestani superstars.

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On this day five years ago, Khabib Nurmagomedov shared a graphic image about a childhood friend’s alleged torture. Khabib Nurmagomedov has had good relationships with people in power in recent years. Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov are two prom…

On this day five years ago, Khabib Nurmagomedov shared a graphic image about a childhood friend’s alleged torture. Khabib Nurmagomedov has had good relationships with people in power in recent years. Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov are two prominent examples of this. However, that wasn’t always the case on the lower levels of authority, as…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Refused To Answer This Question During Q&A

UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov is usually an open book, but there was still one somewhat unexpected question that he refused to answer. When he retired as the lightweight champion, Khabib was upfront and honest about the emotional reasons for hi…

UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov is usually an open book, but there was still one somewhat unexpected question that he refused to answer. When he retired as the lightweight champion, Khabib was upfront and honest about the emotional reasons for his retirement. Despite how hard it may have been for him to admit, he…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov admits he wishes he would have fought 3 more opponents, including Tony Ferguson

Khabib NurmagomedovFormer undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has admitted there are three opponents that come to mind that he wishes he had shared the Octagon with during his time with the promotion, including former duel-weight titleholder, Georges St-Pierre, and scheduled foe, Tony Ferguson. Khabib, a former undisputed lightweight champion under the UFC banner, called time […]

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Former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has admitted there are three opponents that come to mind that he wishes he had shared the Octagon with during his time with the promotion, including former duel-weight titleholder, Georges St-Pierre, and scheduled foe, Tony Ferguson.

Khabib, a former undisputed lightweight champion under the UFC banner, called time on his professional mixed martial arts career back in October 2020 in Abu Dhabi, UAE – defeating former interim titleholder, Justin Gaethje with a second round triangle to successfully unify the division championships.

In the time since, Khabib has been linked with a slew of potential fights to snap a retirement, however, has insisted he will not return to the Octagon, after promising his mother to never make a professional walk following the loss of his coach and father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov names 3 opponents he wished he fought in the UFC

Admitting there are three opponents he wished he had of fought before calling time on his professional career, Khabib weighed up a fight with long-time rival, former interim gold holder, Ferguson.

“Of course, it was Tony Ferguson for sure,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said during an interview with Class A Events. “But this has never happened.”

“In my mind? Yes, it was couple fighters – it was couple fighters for sure,” Khabib Nurmagomedov explained. “OK, GSP (Georges St-Pierre), if you want – but I respect this guy a lot. I grew up with his fights. When he became UFC champion in 2007, I (hadn’t started) my professional career. I was an amateur fighter and watched a lot of his fights with my father. GSP was like a role model in MMA for me. If you guys want (that) fight, OK – let’s say GSP.”

As for Khabib’s third choice of opponent, he picked former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, who was previously linked briefly with a 2019 fight against the Dagestan native. 

“And I think it was 2014-15 when Anthony Pettis was UFC champion,” Khabib Nurmagomedov explained. “(At) that time, I really, really wanted to fight this guy, but then he lost his title vsd. Rafael dos Anjos. After that his career go down – he never came back. It was Anthony Pettis, Tony Ferguson, and Canadian superstar GSP.” (Transcribed by Yahoo! Finance)

Conor McGregor comments on illegal knee landed on Khabib Nurmagomedov: “Straight to the eye socket. Smashed it in!”

Conor McGregor Khabib Nurmagomedov knee twitter‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor is watching back some of his older fights and offering his thoughts on his performances. This Irish superstar recently Tweeted about his UFC lightweight world championship showdown against ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov. During this bout, while McGregor was being held on his back, he launched a knee and landed it on […]

Conor McGregor Khabib Nurmagomedov knee twitter

‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor is watching back some of his older fights and offering his thoughts on his performances. This Irish superstar recently Tweeted about his UFC lightweight world championship showdown against ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov.

During this bout, while McGregor was being held on his back, he launched a knee and landed it on Nurmagomedov who was on top but still a grounded fighter. Kicks and knees to grounded opponents are illegal, even if the offending fighter is also on the ground.

Conor McGregor first Tweeted a name for this maneuver, he said:

“I call this knee strike “the springbok” Remember reebok? Ye well this is springbok. You ever see a springbok jump? Well just have a look at that knee springbok into this eye sock hahahaja I’m the goat of unseen shots. That’s without question. God bless the dead.”

Conor McGregor admits ‘Springbok’ knee was illegal

UFC commentator Joe Rogan did point out that this knee was illegal. The referee Herb Dean did not stop the action or issue a warning when it happened.

McGregor admits that this knee attack was illegal, but still beautiful. He explained:

“The knee into the eye socket was illegal yes, from this position. A beauty tho. Never before seen shot. Like many of my shots. I use the mount defence leg as a spring board, loading the knee below it. Release and straight to the eye socket. Smashed it in! @joerogan.”

In a deleted voice note, Conor McGregor responded to Joe Rogan‘scommentary from many years ago when the fight happened. ‘Notorious’ said:

“’That was an illegal knee on the head of a grounded opponent.’ “Shut up, Joe, you little fool. What are you talking about ‘smash this and smash that’? I was smashing my knee into his f***ing eye socket, yeah? ‘That’s a knee to a grounded opponent, call the cops.’”