WATCH: Even After Retirement Khabib Nurmagomedov Comfortably Beats Ali Abdelaziz in a Sprinting Match

Published 07/22/2021, 7:54 AM EDT


Khabib Nurmagomedov retired as an undefeated UFC lightweight champion. Usually, when an athlete retires, they slow down and may get out of shape. However, it’s not the same case with the ‘Eagle’.

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After retirement, Nurmagomedov still hits the gym. Now, he uses his professional MMA career experience to coach his teammates from American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) gym. Even as a coach, he still trains alongside his teammates.

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Recently, Nurmagomedov, along with his teammates and manager Ali Abdelaziz, went to a sprinting track. One of his teammates recorded an intriguing moment between the ‘Eagle’ and Abdelaziz.

In the video, Nurmagomedov challenged his long-time manager to a sprinting match and easily defeated him.

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Who did Khabib Nurmagomedov fight in his last professional MMA bout?

Nurmagomedov clashed against Justin Gaethje in his last professional MMA bout. The fight took place at UFC 254 on October 24, 2020. As both Nurmagomedov and Gaethje share the same manager, the pair didn’t have any bad blood between them and had a great fight.

The ‘Eagle’ took some of Gaethje’s dominating leg kicks and still kept moving forward in the first round. Then, Nurmagomedov dominated the fight and secured a second-round submission (triangle choke) victory. It was his third successful title defense.

After this spectacular victory, Nurmagomedov retired with an undefeated professional MMA record of 29-0. 

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Besides going down as an undefeated champion, Nurmagomedov also holds several records in the UFC. He is the longest-reigning UFC lightweight champion to this day, from 2018 to 2020. Moreover, he also holds the record for most takedowns in a single fight (21).

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The ‘Eagle’ was one of the most dominant UFC lightweight champions. He used to work hard in the gym to achieve his goals. It appears the ‘working hard’ mentality of Nurmagomedov still lives in him, as he still looked fit even after retirement.

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What do you make of Nurmagomedov as a sprinter? Let us know in the comments.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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