VIDEO: Khabib Nurmagomedov Emulates Ronaldo Nazario After Scoring a Great Goal

Published 06/03/2021, 1:57 PM EDT


The former UFC lightweight champion of the world, Khabib Nurmagomedov, channeled his inner Ronaldo Nazario as he scored a goal after rounding off the keeper and tapping the ball into an empty net. It was a trademark R9 goal and the perfect celebration to go alongside it.

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Khabib uploaded the video on his Instagram page and tagged Ronaldo Nazario’s official Instagram page and FC Legion 05. FC Legion 05 is the football club that offered him a chance to play football with them. He captioned the post, “Who remembers Ronaldo in 2008? Low scoring but still with gunpowder.

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His message to FC Legion 05 was that he needs motivation, a normal enough way to say no to a football club. More importantly, Khabib looks like he is enjoying his life after retiring from MMA and has found great success in his business ventures. His organization Eagle FC is coming along great, and he is also constructing his own gym. Additionally, he is also shooting a documentary about his life.

Moreover, it’s all coming together for the former champion who gave up his belt and retired in 2020 after beating interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov and his final appearance in the octagon at UFC 254.

Khabib’s last appearance was his third title defense against Justin Gaethje. It was a really close fight to call from the start, even if the Russian was the slight favorite. Gaethje was coming in after dismantling Tony Ferguson in his last fight and knocking him out. He had a lot of momentum and hype behind him.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia kicks Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020, on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, Khabib ignored it all and took Gaethje to work. He started the fight with an incredible pace, and all Gaethje was doing was playing catch-up. There was a chance that Gaethje won the first round, but he looked gassed when he got up for the second.

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Khabib took advantage of that and finally finished the fight in the second round. He put Gaethje to sleep via a triangle choke to put all the doubters away for good.

Do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov will ever come back to fight in the UFC?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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