Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Tony Ferguson and Cody Garbrandt Could Leave UFC to Join Him

Published 12/14/2021, 8:15 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA SEPTEMBER 2, 2021: Mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at the 2nd New Knowledge educational marathon (forum). The New Knowledge Forum runs from 1 to 3 September 2021 as a new school year begins in Russia. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images)


UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has now turned into a full-time entrepreneur. The former UFC lightweight has created many businesses covering a variety of segments. A cell phone network, a bottled water company, and an MMA promotion of his own, you name it and he has it. Thanks to him going full throttle into his businesses, the UFC superstar has accumulated a net worth of over $40 million.

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Recently, ‘The Eagle’ organized an event in his home country Russia for his sports nutrition brand- Fitroo by Khabib. His fans and reporters alike swarmed the event. However, the press was more interested in knowing about his MMA promotion- Eagle Fighting Championship.

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Reporters asked him various questions regarding his promotion. Whereas one interesting scoop came out when a journalist asked him questions about the UFC. The reporter asked Khabib Nurmagomedov, “Can you say that we could see Tony Ferguson or Cody Garbrandt in EFC?”

To which, ‘The Eagle’ responded, “Anything‌ ‌is‌ ‌possible. We ‌are‌ ‌open‌ ‌to‌ ‌everything.‌ ‌In‌ ‌two‌ ‌days,‌ ‌when‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌holding‌ ‌another‌ ‌press‌ ‌conference,‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌ready‌ ‌to‌ ‌announce‌ ‌the‌ ‌signing‌ ‌of‌ ‌Kevin‌ ‌Lee.‌ ‌We‌ ‌are‌ ‌close‌ ‌to‌ ‌finalizing‌ ‌the‌ ‌deal, ‌but‌ ‌nothing‌ ‌is‌ ‌official‌ ‌yet.‌ ‌Why‌ ‌not?‌ ‌These‌ ‌guys‌ ‌have‌ ‌built‌ ‌themselves‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌their‌ ‌careers.‌ ‌They‌ ‌have‌ ‌10‌ ‌fights‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌UFC,‌ ‌are‌ ‌former‌ ‌champions‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌UFC.”‌

Nurmagomedov’s response clearly meant that we can see former rival Tony Ferguson and other former UFC champions like Cody Garbrandt, in his MMA promotion.

Who else is fighting in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s EFC?

Whereas, names such as Tony Ferguson and Cody Garbrandt are mere possibilities. They have confirmed that UFC veteran Kevin Lee will join the promotion.

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The promotion will have its first big fighting event in the USA next year in January. Fans will get to see Former MMA fighter Rashad Evans get out of retirement and take part in the event.

Meanwhile, prominent fighters Tyrone Spong and Sergei Kharitonov will lock horns with each other.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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