“Met a Legend in Mecca” – Khabib Nurmagomedov Meets Royalty During His Religious Trip

Published 12/06/2021, 1:00 PM EST
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

MMA fans sure do know that Khabib Nurmagomedov is religious. His calm demeanor and polite attitude while interacting with fans partly stem from the beliefs he inculcated from childhood. He may have been a world-famous MMA fighter, but he did not let go off his roots.

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Khabib has retired and, hence, is able to enjoy a much more peaceful life. He is still closely involved with coaching other Dagestani fighters. However, he does deserve a break. On Instagram, ‘The Eagle’ posted several pictures of him visiting Mecca. He was accompanied by Islam Makhachev and other acquaintances.

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In a picture with Makhachev, Khabib was seen in white robes whereas Makhachev was dressed in blue. Both seemed at peace and happy to be there. His posts on Instagram received a lot of love and within just a few hours, were flooded by likes and comments.

He also met Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa; the commander of Bahrain’s Royal Guard. Khabib wrote, “My Brother from Bahrain”.

The former fighter completed his Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, just like other devotees.

Earlier this year too, Khabib had visited the holy place and even wished everyone on ‘Eid’. Incidentally, during his visit, he met Prince Naseem Hamed. Khabib shared a picture with the former British boxer and wrote, “Accidentally met a legend in Mecca. Nice to meet you brother.”

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During his Mecca trip in May too, he traveled with several friends and teammates. Since they all share a brotherly bond, this is not surprising at all.

What’s next for Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Several UFC fighters have challenged the Russian fighter after his retirement. But Khabib is done with MMA and does not plan to ever return. He is involved with the sport as a coach and is regularly seen training and attending his teammates’ fights.

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Khabib’s father was his coach and under his guidance, Khabib managed to achieve what other fighters can only dream of. His undefeated record sets him apart from every other fighter. Hence, he has now taken the role of a coach so that he can help other fighters make their mark and continue the legacy.

With the former UFC lightweight champion as a coach, the younger fighters will definitely benefit a lot. Fans hope to see Khabib attend and support his teammates during their upcoming fights as well.

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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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