“More Dangerous Thing Than Money”- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Popularity Has Restricted His Life

Published 10/08/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
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)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most renowned personalities in the world. He is the former UFC lightweight champion and is one of the most respected fighters in MMA.

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Khabib has amassed over 30 million followers on Instagram, making him the most followed Russian on the platform. However, Khabib, in a recent interview, revealed that it is difficult to be famous.

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Nurmagomedov, in the interview, said, “Being famous is not an easy thing; it is a very, very hard thing. Before, when I was young, when I was hungry, I didn’t realize this. But now I understand this. Even here in England, I was yesterday in Birmingham, Manchester, London, like everywhere. It’s very hard to even go outside, like, just be like a regular person. I think this is a more dangerous thing than money, like being famous.”

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Everyone has always looked at Khabib as someone humble who refrains from being flamboyant. Khabib had once said that he only required bread and water and nothing else. But in the recent interview, he said. “I hope maybe I changed a little bit. Sometimes good life catches you. In my mind, I think the same because I come out from my village, but the village stays inside me. I cannot take it out of my [heart]. Sometimes I like good food; I like eating everything.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov – Life after retirement

‘The Eagle’ had one of the most successful MMA careers in the sport’s history. Nurmagomedov remained undefeated throughout his career and retired with a 29-0 record. That is still the longest win streak in MMA.

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Khabib, after his father passed away, defended his UFC lightweight title one last time against the then interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje. They both met at UFC 254, and Khabib won the fight via submission in the second round. Subsequently, he announced his retirement.

Ever since his retirement as a fighter, Nurmagomedov has gotten into coaching. He has been working with many fighters, including Islam Makhachev. ‘The Eagle’, in an interview with ESPN, even said that Makhachev is going to run the UFC’s lightweight division.

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Not just that, Khabib is also the owner and promoter of a Russian-based MMA promotion called Eagle Fighting Championship (EFC) fka- Gorilla Fighting Championship (GFC). EFC works as a stepping stone for fighters to get a UFC contract and is aired on UFC Fight Pass.

It is for everyone to see that Khabib has kept busy since his retirement. What do you think about his comments on being famous? Let us know your thoughts!

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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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