‘I Want to Be Free’ – Khabib Nurmagomedov Shares Emotional Message

Published 05/04/2021, 10:47 AM EDT
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)


Former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, shared an emotional message recently. ‘The Eagle’ is currently retired from the sport of MMA. However, the undefeated Dagestani has created an unmatched legacy for him. His unbelievable record of 29-0 will be hard to match for anybody anytime soon.

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You know why I want to be free because I’m Eagle I want to fly just fly, fly, when my time come, I’m gonna die. You know, but before my time comes, I want to be fly you know, I want to be free I want to do whatever I want,” said Nurmagomedov.

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You know I want to spend time with my family friends with my people you know, I want to live in my village because even if you have all warmed you’re gonna die. Everything is gonna be finished one day a couple people gonna come to grave put you inside there and finish you know, and for life I don’t need I don’t need like too much,” he added.

You know, even, even if you are billionaire, you’ll never eat more than one bread in one day. You know? I want, I want to be free. I want to fly and I want to do whatever I want. Whatever I need, whatever I need when I die because I really believe the next life,” Nurmagomedov said further.

Family issues forced Khabib Nurmagomedov to retire

The Russian retired from the sport after successfully defending his belt at UFC 254. He endured a difficult 2020. The passing of his father and mentor, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, played a major role in his decision.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia announces his retirement in the Octagon after his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Eagle‘ realized there is more to life than fighting. He believes family is more important than his career at the moment. Also, one might argue he has established his legacy in the sport. There is no doubt he will be remembered as one of the greatest ever to grace the Octagon. ‘The Eagle’ now works as a coach and mentor for his teammates and training partners.

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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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