‘We Have System Like NBA’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Looking to Bring In Several Changes to MMA Promotion With Eagle FC

Published 12/15/2021, 10:48 PM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA FEBRUARY 9, 2021: Tajikistan’s Faridun Odilov (L) who won an EFC Middleweight Championship bout against Russias Kalinin (not pictured), UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (C), and the head of the transnational enterprise (union) “Academy Of Modern Construction”, Alexei Maly, pose with an EFC boxing belt at EFC 33 Eagle Fighting Championship at Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Eagle FC promoter Khabib Nurmagomedov is looking to enter the market in the U.S. and has several shows lined up. He has acquired recognizable names like Kevin Lee, Rashad Evans, and ‘Bigfoot’ Silva to fight under his promotional banner.

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Apart from the impending expansion, Nurmagomedov also wants to bring in some marquee changes to the structure of the sport itself. He talked about being inspired by the mechanics of NBA and F1 and he’s looking to bring forth such organizational structure to Eagle FC.

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He sat down with Brett Okamoto and talked about the rise of his promotion on a global scale. ‘The Eagle’ said, “We have system like NBA, we have system like soccer, like European football. We have system for example like in Formula One, like something like this. Not like right now, we have in other organization, everywhere we have same system…We’re working on this.”

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Additionally, Khabib Nurmagomedov also played around with the idea of having a team vs team format in the future. This would be a first amongst major MMA promotions, like UFC and Bellator, who have refrained from such a system.

“I don’t think we’re going to change something. We just want to change weight classes. 135, 145, 155, 175, 85, and 205 and heavyweight, and maybe next year we’re going to work on create like some system like team vs team. If you watch all big sports, NBA, soccer, American Football, Formula One, like everywhere is team vs team.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Life after fighting

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The Eagle’ may have graced the octagon for the last time at UFC 254, however, his legacy continues to push forward. Nurmagomedov has taken an active role in trying to bring about some sustained changes to the landscape of MMA.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Abubakar Nurmagomedov of Russia has his hands wrapped prior to his fight as his cousin and former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov looks on during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Apart from becoming a fight promoter to help cultivate talent, Nurmagomedov has also actively helped coach other fighters. He has taken it upon himself to grow the large talent pool of Russian MMA fighters and has managed to do so with great success.

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It’s safe to say that the next phase of his life and career will have the entire MMA community on the edge of their seats.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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