“Legend of This Sport” – Khabib Nurmagomedov Desperate to Hire Former UFC Heavyweight Champion

Published 12/21/2021, 7:45 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA AUGUST 18, 2021: Russian mixed martial artist and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a news conference. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)


Junior Dos Santos’ last UFC fight was against Ciryl Gane back in December 2020. Owing to four back-to-back losses via T/KO, he was released by the promotion. The fighter did not like the way his hard work was disregarded. According to him, he wasn’t even informed by the UFC about his release.

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Instead, Dan Lambert broke the news to Dos Santos. Considering that he had a long career with UFC, this would have come as a big shock for him.

While it came as an enormous setback in his MMA career, there seems to be some great news ahead for him. Brett Okamoto shared the news that ‘Cigano’ will now be managed by none other than Ali Abdelaziz and his Dominance MMA Management.

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Okamoto tweeted, “Per MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00), he has signed a representation deal with Junior dos Santos (@junior_cigano) and will have news on the former UFC champ’s next move soon.”

Abdelaziz’s management organization handles several great MMA fighters and hence, this could benefit dos Santos’ career ahead. However, this is not the only great news for him. It seems there is a young promotion that is interested in getting him on board.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov on Junior Dos Santos

Dos Santos was at the Eagle FC press conference and this raised questions about seeing him fight for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s promotion. Speaking about Dos Santos, Khabib said, “We invite today him to you know, like. Yeah, we work on this, we work on this. We want to sign him. We want to sign him, he knows. Like, he’s one of the greatest striker in UFC history… Former UFC heavyweight champion.”

“You know, like, what interesting about him? It was, it was long time ago, more than ten years ago when he was fighting versus Cain Velasquez and that time, I don’t even train with Cain, you know. … It was 2010. 11 [2011] it was like I’m just signed with UFC. I think it was November. … I was watching his fight versus Cain Velasquez. He make me so upset.”

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“Cain was my favorite fighter and he [Dos Santos] became UFC heavyweight champion. … Junior is a legend, you know. Legend of this sport. Honestly, we really want to sign him.”

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Khabib is interested in signing Dos Santos not just for MMA but also for boxing. So, it seems that the ex-UFC fighter has some really good opportunities coming his way.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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