‘Dana White Become Like My Uncle’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Shares a Heartfelt Ode to the UFC at Eagle FC 46 Presser

Published 03/12/2022, 6:52 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 04: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks to UFC president Dana White during the UFC 229 Press Conference inside The Park Theater at Park MGM on October 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from UFC as the undefeated lightweight champion. Since then, he is on the mission to take his Promotion- the Eagle FC, to the next level. Khabib has said that Eagle FC is not aiming to compete with any of the other leading promotions, such as UFC, Bellator, or PFL.

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‘The Eagle’ is working towards making EFC a tremendous success. In a recent press conference for Eagle FC 48, Nurmagomedov shared his goals and mindset as a promoter. The Dagestan native thinks it is the media who wants to project that he is in for competing against the UFC President Dana White or Bellator CEO Scott Coker.

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Young or legend, Khabib Nurmagomedov wishes to provide opportunities to all fighters

Nurmagomedov said that he is not here to fight with other promotions but to give the fighters opportunities. Also, he talked about his pleasant relationship with the UFC President Dana White and his mission.

‘The Eagle’ said, “He [Dana White] become like my uncle, you know. I know this guy a long time, we have a great relationship” 

“Of course, we’re here..to get, give big opportunity to a lot of fighters doesn’t matter young, legend, we’re here. But I’m not here to fight with UFC, Bellator,” Nurmagomedov added.

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On EFC competing against Bellator, Khabib voiced his friendly relations with Scott Coker as well. “You know, like I know Scott Coker for a long time. You know he is from San Jose. I’m almost from San Jose, I’m training there for 10 years.” he said.

The UFC Hall of Famer took over the Gorilla Fighting Championship and rebranded it to Eagle Fighting Championship (EFC), back in 2020.

KAZAN, RUSSIA MAY 29, 2021: Sambo coach Esed Emiragayev (L) and retired MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who held the UFC Lightweight title from April 2018 to March 2021 (2nd R), attend EFC 36 Eagle Fighting Championship at Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

Other roles ‘The Eagle’ has in the MMA world now

The former UFC lightweight champ, is also a coach now. We often see Nurmagomedov training his teammates at the American Kickboxing Academy. Moreover, ‘The Eagle’ is often present in the corner of his teammates during their fights. Umar Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev are two of his closest friends and training partners.

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‘The Eagle’ is principled and determined to give the opportunities to help fighters come up.

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Nurmagomedov has truly done it all from being an undefeated UFC Champion to now, a world-class MMA promoter, and coach.

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Shivam Verma

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Shivam Verma is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This combat sports fan and active Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing practitioner, who is also a media graduate, has worked with various news and media organizations. By combining his interest and educational degree, Shivam is on a mission to unite his two passions- love for writing and sports.

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