‘We Need Time’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Opens Up on Eagle FC Adjustments

Published 05/30/2021, 4:51 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC lightweight champion and now retired MMA professional Khabib Nurmagomedov had launched his own MMA production EFC (Eagle FC) in December last year. He did this shortly after his last bout for the promotion.

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Despite barely being a few months old, the organization is growing fast and would soon compete on the world stage. And just like any other minor organization, EFC needs some time and improvements to settle down quickly.

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Lately, the veteran appeared in an interview where he discussed the possible changes required for the organization to flourish. “First of all, we should really improve lighting at our events,” he said.

“I attend a lot of various tournaments- UFC, Bellator, PFL along with our local events held in the CIS countries. So I see we need better lighting.”

‘The Eagle’ further talked about staging some special main events that would attract more attention. The promotion does boast of some quality fighters but still are not big names to draw attention, according to Khabib. The former lightweight kingpin is looking to sign well-known fighters in the future.

When asked about the possible fighters he is currently negotiating with, Khabib mentioned two fighters. “It’s Adriano Martins and Will Brooks. We also consider some light heavyweights and heavyweights. We keep working and searching,” he said.

Khabib then called for patience as it’s only been half a year since the launch of Eagle FC. “We need time anyway. It’s still very hard to bring in foreign fighters because of Covid restrictions.”

“It’s still an issue, but we will keep sorting things out gradually,” he concluded.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov on including MMA into Olympics

MMA is a sport that has received vast popularity in the last one and half decades. The Dagestani native is one of the many superstars who have made it possible for the world to reach the depths of this sport.

So fittingly he has all the right to speak about the developments and necessary steps to expand the sport. While giving the interview (via ESPN) in Uzbekistan last year, Khabib had pressed the idea of spreading MMA into the Olympics.

“The inclusion of MMA in the Olympics is one of my biggest tasks for the next couple of years. We’re already working in this direction,” he said in Russian at that time.

He further said that he is in process of meeting with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

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For now, it seems Khabib has indulged himself in a new MMA role which would see him work outside the octagon. But there are millions of fans still thinking that there will be a day soon that would see ‘The Eagle’ stepping up once again inside the octagon with fighting gloves.

What did you make of Khabib’s statement on improving Eagle FC?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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