Khabib Nurmagomedov Promises to Never Let Islam Makhachev Fail in his Career

Published 06/19/2021, 1:58 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is interviewed after his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke out at a presser for Eagle FC and answered a question about a potential comeback. Nurmagomedov officially retired from MMA in October 2020 after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.

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Despite that, fans and media members often cajole ‘The Eagle’ to reveal a likely scenario under which he could return. Nurmagomedov was once again asked about a possible comeback to MMA in the event that Islam Makhachev failed in his bid to become UFC champion.

Chiefly, Nurmagomedov backed Makhachev and said that he would stand by his teammate no matter what.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje 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)

“Well, it looks like I have already let everybody know what’s up. Did you watch my last fight? That was firsthand, wasn’t it? I don’t think, anything will change. Islam Makhachev has his own way, I have mine. If Islam fails, he is capable of taking care of himself. But we will be next to him- to help and never let him fail.”

“As for myself, I don’t have any desire to come back. And I don’t think I ever will. Thank you. I hope you’ve heard me.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov appeared almost hassled by the line of questioning as it’s one that has been posed to him frequently. To this day, many fans cannot fathom the fact that he walked away on top as an undefeated fighter. Leaving the sport of MMA as an undefeated athlete is practically unheard of in today’s game.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Continued fan-favorite

Despite the fact that ‘The Eagle’ is done with MMA competition, he’s still very much a part of the fabric of the sport. Nurmagomedov has assumed an active role as a head coach to the current crop of fighters out of Russia.

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)
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Not to mention, he’s involved in fight promotion and has truly become a pioneer for MMA in Dagestan. Fans have taken notice of his forays outside of fighting and they are engaged in almost anything he does.

Despite it all, Khabib Nurmagomedov has built up a loyal fanbase who will always hold out hope that he comes back out of retirement.

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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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