‘I Spoke with Clarence Seedorf’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals Big News for Africa

Published 07/03/2021, 2:06 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 03: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia holds an open workout for fans and media at The Park Theatre at Park MGM on October 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke to UFC Russia and elaborated on a conversation he had with Surinamese-Dutch Football manager, Clarence Seedorf. The former AC Milan midfielder is one of the very best at that position and has a stellar resume. Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that he sat down with Seedorf and revealed plans to launch a football academy in Africa.

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While sharing his plans to expand the scope of the sport, ‘The Eagle’ also expanded on his decision to enter the African market. He explained that the children of the region had a sense of drive and motivation that wasn’t seen in other places. Nurmagomedov’s viewpoint is that in order to succeed, a sense of hunger for glory is a prerequisite.

KAZAN, RUSSIA MAY 29, 2021: Retired MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who held the UFC Lightweight title from April 2018 to March 2021, talks to journalists at EFC 36 Eagle Fighting Championship at Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

“A while ago I was in Dubai, I spoke with [Clarence] Seedorf. We want to launch a new project. We were considering options where we to open a football academy. I told him ‘It has to be Africa. If we open it here, in Dubai, it won’t work because these people are [Kind of pampered]. They have everything. A kid wakes up, drinks his cappuccino, and goes to school.”

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“In Africa, a kid wakes up and gets happy if he drinks some water and then goes 10km to school. So, let’s open a football academy in Africa. It might be difficult for us to get a return on our investments, but it will give a chance for these kids who are driven by internal hunger. I know it personally. Never lived in Africa. I lived in tough conditions. So, everyone needs to stay hungry. You hunger is your most powerful internal engine.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Aiming for change

The Eagle’ has come into his role as a mentor and provider for not only his own community, but for a broader audience. Ever since he hung up the gloves, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been a beacon of fighters looking to make their way.

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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)

From his aforementioned venture into the African market, it’s clear that he’s looking to make a positive impact over anything else. Not to mention, he’s backing a sport in football that he is supremely passionate about.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has shared an interest to launch himself into a career in football since his October 2020 retirement. Fans will be looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table in the world outside MMA going forward.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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