Khabib Nurmagomedov Announces Huge Partnership With Legendary Football Star

Published 11/02/2021, 5:21 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after teammate Islam Makhachev’s victory against Thiago Moises in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages


Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. The Russian fighter retired in 2020 with a 29-0 record after he defended his UFC lightweight title against Justin Gaethje.

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Everyone knows Nurmagomedov, the fighter, and his accomplishments in the sport, but according to him, MMA is not the greatest sport. ‘The Eagle’ previously has admitted that his favorite sport growing up was football. Even now, it is the best sport in the world according to him.

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Nurmagomedov, recently in partnership with Clarence Seedorf, combined his love for football and his passion for MMA. He and Seedorf announced the start of the Seedorf Khabib Performance Club in partnership with DMCC.

The former Dutch international star broke the news on his Instagram. In the post, he said, “I told you something exciting was about to come. I’m finally able to share this with all of you guys. Really proud to announce the global launch of Seedorf Khabib Performance Club!”

He added, “We want to give youngsters across the world the opportunity to develop their sport and social abilities with a training methodology which combines football and mixed martial arts.” 

Nurmagomedov, during his trip to England, had broken the news about the partnership with Seedorf.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s love for football

Khabib Nurmagomedov is, in a way, trying to give back to the sport he has always loved. Growing up, he used to love playing football and used to follow most of the European leagues.

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In an interview on his trip to England, he had said, “I don’t know why I became a fighter. When I was young, I really loved football. I remember when I was young, like 13-14, I can play by myself alone couple of hours of football. I was following everything like UEFA Champions League, World Cup, Premier League, Serie-A, La Liga, everything.”

In the same interview, he had announced his partnership with Clarence Seedorf. Both plan to open the performance clubs in multiple cities, with Dubai being the launching pad.

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It is good to see former athletes giving back to their sports and helping the younger generation develop. What do you think of the partnership and the initiative? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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