“Muhammad Ali Couldn’t Do That Before He Died” – Joe Rogan Reveals Why Khabib Nurmagomedov Won’t Be Able to Live a Normal Life After UFC Fame

Published 01/20/2023, 8:30 AM EST

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Renowned podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan devotes time to his roots on the JRE podcast with the JRE MMA Show. These special Joe Rogan Experience episodes see renowned combat names appear and have candid discussions on MMA and beyond. This week’s guest was #4 ranked UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad. The 34-year-old, currently on a four-fight winning streak, gave his two cents on why UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov wouldn’t be able to live a normal life despite hanging his gloves.

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‘Remember The Name’ shed some light on an incident that transpired while he was with Nurmagomedov’s team in Abu Dhabi. The story showed how fans always go the extra mile to catch a glimpse of their favorite fighters.

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On the JRE MMA Show#134, Muhammad told Joe Rogan, “We went to go visit the police department out there, and we’re all there before Khabib. So it’s like me, Islam, and the whole team’s there.”

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Muhammad then mentioned that nobody paid any attention to them, but it all changed as soon as Nurmagomedov arrived later.

“When Khabib walks in, every single person runs out with roses, flowers and waiting for him to get out of the car…He’s like a different level of superstar.”

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‘The Eagle’ told Muhammad that he wished he could do things that normal people do. ‘Remember The Name’ recollected, “He [Nurmagomedov] was also telling me …’I wanna be able to just go to Starbucks one time and just sit down and have coffee like I used to’.” 

In response, the UFC commentator cited another legend who found it hard to transition to normalcy after retirement.

Joe Rogan claimed Khabib Nurmagomedov is a legend

Joe Rogan mentioned that even boxing icon Muhammad Ali had a tough time doing normal things after he gained popularity.

The podcast host said, “Muhammad Ali couldn’t do that before he died. You reach a certain level of fame when that’s just it forever, and that’s where he [Nurmagomedov] is at. I mean, he’s a legend forever. If he never coaches again, never steps foot in a gym again. That guy is a legend forever.”

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Joe Rogan wants the best for ‘The Eagle’ and wishes to see him happy in his future endeavors. However, the famed UFC commentator still believes that he would have reached another milestone if he had continued coaching.

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Nurmagomedov recently shared a photo of him with his relatives back in Dagestan, Russia. He is enjoying his retirement back home and perhaps would be able to move around without attracting crowds in droves.

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What did you make of Belal Muhammad’s story and Joe Rogan’s response? Will Nurmagomedov be able to have a normal life now that he has left MMA behind?

What are your thoughts? Drop your comments below.

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Himanga Mahanta

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