Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to QUIT MMA with the undefeated UFC legend set to step down from his Eagle FC promotion and coaching duties to focus on his family and pursue other business opportunities at just 34 years old
- Khabib Nurmagomedov amassed a 29-0 record in MMA before retiring in 2020
- The former UFC lightweight king then transitioned into a very successful coach
- Nurmagomedov will also step down as promoter of his Eagle FC MMA promotion
- It is not yet known if Khabib will be Islam Makachev’s corner at UFC 284
Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts, just two years into his in-ring career as the only UFC champion to retire undefeated.
However, according to reports the former lightweight champion has decided to step away from his responsibilities within MMA to pursue business opportunities away from combat sports.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to leave MMA entirely to focus on his family
Following several reports that emerged from his native Russia, Nurmagomedov seemed to confirm the news to his 34million Instagram followers by sharing a post from an Instagram page named za Khabiba with the following caption.
‘Khabib is leaving the MMA industry. It’s about coaching and everything else related to MMA. The reason is Khabib’s desire to spend more time with his family’.
Nurmagomedov followed it up by posting a photo on his Instagram of a group of his teammates while referencing his ‘decision’ in the caption of the post.
The 34-year-old became the only UFC champion to retire undefeated after submitting Justin Gaethje in 2020
‘End of the year.’ The former UFC Lightweight Champion wrote on Instagram.
‘The year has certainly been busy and successful. Take care of yourselves brothers. I hope my decision is only for the best, a big hug to you all. Thank you, you are a big reason for my success in sports.’
After officially hanging up his gloves in 2021 despite the efforts of UFC president Dana White, Nurmagomedov embarked on a wildly successful career as a coach, serving as his protégé Islam Makhachev’s cornerman while the 31- year old ended his climb up the 155lbs ranks by capturing the vacant lightweight belt in October.
Makhachev is set to make the first defense of his UFC gold in a superfight against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in February, but it is not yet known whether Nurmagomedov will reunite with his longtime friend as a training partner’s corner.
Nurmagomedov embarked on a successful career as a coach, serving in Islam Makhachev’s corner on his ascent to UFC gold
The former UFC champion has also moved into the business side of combat sports leading his own Eagle FC promotion
The 34-year-old’s decision to walk away from the sport has also raised questions about the future of Eagle FC.
The fledgling promotion made waves in the MMA world after signing former UFC contender Kevin Lee, offering social media sensation Jake Paul a fight with the promotion and holding back-to-back event in the US last year.
However since May of last year the promotion has gone back to holding its events exclusively in Russia without knowing its status in the state.