‘I Became a Fighter by Accident’- UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals What He Wanted to Be Before He Became a Fighter

Published 02/18/2021, 4:54 AM EST


UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, was in attendance at Camp Nou as he saw Paris Saint-Germain defeat FC Barcelona in a devastating fashion in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash. ‘The Eagle’ also managed to get a signed match shirt as a memento from the French World Cup winner and last night’s hat-trick hero, Kylian Mbappe.

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Nurmagomedov posted several photos and videos of his last night’s experience on Instagram. Needless to say, he seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed it. The Russian was one of the very few present in the stadium, as there is a spectator ban because of the Coronavirus. The Dagestani posted a photo of him at the stands with a message in the Russian language.

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I love football since childhood and have always dreamed of becoming a football player, but I was born in Dagestan and there you yourself know what is the priority. Who knows, maybe if Ronaldo was born in Dagestan, he would also become the champion @ufc. In general, I want to say that football is a sport 👊 , And in my opinion, I became a fighter by accident 😁 I’m kidding not by accident,” Khabib wrote.

Someday I will tell you about my hobby for football as a child and how I, while sitting in a lesson (in the 6th grade), wrote 200 football names on a notebook (then there was no Internet) I was glad to visit this legendary stadium and watch such a confrontation live.

Khabib Nurmagomedov recently played in a Soccer match

After retiring at UFC 254, Nurmagomedov was seemingly training for his debut as a professional soccer player. He took to Instagram to post a video of him running.

He also met Liverpool FC’s defensive mainstay and Dutch star Virgil van Dijk and wished the defender good luck in his recovery from injury.

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‘The Eagle’ also played in a soccer match with his brother Islam Makhachev and the likes of Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf. The champion is certainly enjoying his retirement life. Whether he ever returns to the UFC Octagon will be seen in the near future.

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Could ‘The Eagle‘ have been a professional soccer star like Cristiano Ronaldo? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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