NBA Legend Kirilenko shows up to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s event

Published 02/10/2021, 1:00 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Khabib Nurmagomedov was in attendance at the Eagle FC 33 event of his organization Eagle FC. Khabib is currently retired after he beat Justin Gaethje to defend his Lightweight championship. This was Nurmagomedov’s promotion tournament, which featured some distinguished guests.

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One of them was Andrey Kirilenko, the former NBA player and the current president of the Russian Basketball Federation. Kirilenko also holds a position in the central board of FIBA. He played for Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets, later on, to finish his stints in the NBA.

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Khabib uploaded a photo on Instagram where he was seen sitting with Kirilenko. He simply captioned the post, “Thanks for the company,” and tagged Andrey Kirilenko.

Khabib Nurmagomedov in conversation with Match TV

Khabib sat down with Match TV, a Russian Publication, before the event. He talked about many things like signing UFC and other MMA legends, his future as a fighter, signing fighters for Eagle FC, and the future of the Lightweight division in the UFC.

Khabib also talked about selection criteria at Eagle FC. He said, “We have people reviewing the fighters. I propose some guys myself, some are offered to me, and I am considering their candidacies. The partners have to listen to me, as I have a little more experience in MMA. I see the fighters better.” (Translated via Google Translate)

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019, in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He also talked about Dustin Poirier and his fight vs. Conor McGregor. “I would not say that Poirier and McGregor disappointed me. They showed nothing supernatural. I fought with Poirier, nothing special. It’s the same with Conor,” he said.

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In the end, he revealed that he is set to meet Dana White in the coming week to discuss his future. We are all set for a real treat if the talks lead to a comeback fight in the UFC.

Do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov will come back to fight in the UFC?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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