Khabib Nurmagomedov and Bellator President Have a Meeting

Published 07/03/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 03: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attends an open workout for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 03, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nurmagomedov will defend his title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Bellator President Scott Coker posted a photo of him alongside former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Besides Nurmagomedov, the likes of Javier Mendez and Ali Abdelaziz were also present in the picture. Whether the meeting was an impromptu scenario or the other way around is not clear.

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Coker is one of the biggest promoters in all combat sports. So, it won’t be surprising if he was actually there to scout new talents for his organization. There might be some link between Bellator and Nurmagomedov’s own promotion, Eagle FC as well. “Was great seeing @TeamKhabib, @AliAbdelaziz00 and @akajav today,” Coker captioned his post.

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Mendez is Nurmagomedov’s long time trainer. He shares a very close bonding with the Russian from the earlier days of his career. And Abdelaziz happens to be his longstanding manager.

However, it is quite noticeable that ‘The Eagle’ looks quite huge in the picture. It’s tough to imagine seeing him that he once used to compete in the 155 lbs division of the UFC.

How is Khabib Nurmagomedov spending his retirement?

The former UFC champion is spending most of his time promoting his organization, Eagle FC. The Russian is looking to make a name for the promotion. Regional fighters will look to use it as a platform to make their way into global organizations like the UFC, Bellator MMA, and more. The fact that it has Nurmagomedov’s name attached, makes it even bigger an opportunity for them.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his KO victory over Michael Johnson of the United States (not pictured) in their lightweight bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Apart from that, the Dagestani is also focused on helping his teammates in the AKA gym. He has taken Islam Makhachev under his wings as the latter looks to become a UFC champion at some point in his career as well. He is even coaching former UFC middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold.

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The Eagle‘ announced his retirement from the sport of MMA after his UFC 254 win over Justin Gaethje. The passing of his father due to coronavirus was the main motive behind his decision.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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