Dagestani MMA Fighter Reveals How Khabib Nurmagomedov Has Helped More Than Fifty Drug Addicts

Published 02/07/2021, 1:52 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is a champion both inside and outside the Octagon. Despite always giving back to society, Nurmagomedov rarely talks about it. In the latest revelation coming from Dagestani MMA fighter Magomedzaid Zaidov, ‘The Eagle’ has helped more than fifty drug addicts in overcoming their addiction.

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Nurmagomedov‘s help was not limited to financial assistance. He has tried to inspire the addicts by giving them his precious time and energy. The Dagestani juggernaut has acted as a source of inspiration and motivation for such people.

In a conversation with Sports Express, the welterweight, Zaidov, said that he had been an addict himself for eight years. However, he successfully overcame it. He is a professional mixed martial artist and a member of Nurmagomedov’s team. On top of it, he runs his own rehabilitation center as well.

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“Khabib himself is very closely involved in the process of helping drug addicts. He helped a lot of people. [There are] 50 people who he helped to rehabilitate.”

“Khabib took his time, came, paid attention, talked to them. It costs even more than financial aid. And the attention that a person pays is worth a lot. Khabib helped a lot with this – the guys from the area who he grew up with,” Zaidov told Sports Express (translation via RT Sport).

Zaidov is a part of Khabib Nurmagomedov owned Eagle Fighting Championship

Zaidov’s last MMA fight, which he won via unanimous decision, came under the banner of Gorilla Fighting Championship. Following his retirement, Nurmagomedov bought the promotion and has since renamed it to Eagle Fighting Championship. This means Zaidov will have his next fight, which takes place on 9th February, under the banner of the promotion which his friend owns.

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Nurmagomedov is often not vocal about all the philanthropic work that he does. After the demise of his father, he has taken it upon himself to complete the projects that his father had undertaken. He also met the authorities in the region regarding the same.

Last year, Nurmagomedov, in an Instagram post, praised Zaidov as a “fighter with intellectual direction”. Moreover, he added that Zaidov believed in sticking to a plan once it was made. The 170-pounder will look to make a name for himself as he prepares for his third professional outing in a couple of days.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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