“It Was a Great Honor”- UFC Legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, Usain Bolt and Other Big Names Meet Manchester United Legend Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford

Published 10/03/2021, 10:16 PM EDT


Khabib Nurmagomedov is enjoying his life as a retired athlete at the moment. ‘The Eagle’ hung up his gloves after a dominant win over Justin Gaethje last October and has since spent the majority of his time enjoying pursuits outside the sport of MMA. 

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Nurmagomedov was recently spotted in the United Kingdom where he was invited to speak as a guest at the Arnold Sports Festival. It was at the same event where Nurmagomedov was playfully choked out by Georges St-Pierre as the ‘Rush’ surprised his fellow MMA legend on stage. 

Following his obligations, ‘The Eagle’ took out time to enjoy a sport he loves more than MMA itself. The former lightweight champion was spotted at the Old Trafford stadium. ‘The Eagle’ was in attendance for a Premier League clash between Everton and Manchester United. 

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Not only did Nurmagomedov get a jersey from the club, he also got a chance to meet incredible sporting icons. Manchester United’s account posted a picture of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson standing alongside club-legend Patrice Evra, Usain Bolt, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Eagle’ also posted a photo on Instagram with Sir Alex Ferguson with the caption, “it was a great honor to speak with a Legend.”

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A big month coming up for Khabib Nurmagomedov as a coach 

Nurmagomedov has an army of fighters under him with Eagle’s MMA. However, arguably the most promising fighters under him are Islam Makhachev and Usman Nurmagomedov. Both men have big fights scheduled this month, which will be extremely important in their respective careers. 

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Usman Nurmagomedov takes on Patrick Pietila at Bellator 269 on October 23rd. Pietila is 2-1 in his last three fights. He will be looking to hand Nurmagomedov his first loss as a professional 

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Islam Makhachev, on the other hand, is fighting at UFC 267 as he takes on Dan Hooker on short notice. Makhachev is currently on an eight-fight win streak. It will be hard to imagine anything apart from a title shot for him if he secures a win against Hooker. It will be interesting to see how both men perform under the able guidance of ‘The Eagle’. 

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Do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov’s star pupils can secure wins? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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