‘Well That’s Interesting’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Open to ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Coaching on One Condition

Published 07/01/2021, 8:25 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 03: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attends an open workout for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 03, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nurmagomedov will defend his title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC lightweight GOAT, Khabib Nurmagomedov, spoke out at UFC Russia and went over the possibility of coaching a season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. TUF returned with a bang on June 1 after the show was virtually taken off the air. However, a large segment of the fanbase has welcomed the show back with open arms and each week has produced its fair share of excitement.

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‘The Eagle’ was asked whether he would commit to a coaching position on the reality show despite being retired. Nurmagomedov seemed somewhat resistive at first. However, his possible involvement came with a caveat. Nurmagomedov posited that if there wasn’t much drama involved, he would entertain the idea of coaching.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia enters the Octagon prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“No, not really [coach on TUF]. I would have to be in the States for the entire season. Don’t really like this. I come to the US only for business, training, fights and after that I go home. I am not a fan of the US. They offered me, two or three times if I remember this correctly.”

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“Just to train, no fights? Well, that’s interesting. It depends on the format of the show. I think it is a 50/50. I would like to serve as a coach but for the Russian team or for the American one or Brazil or Ireland. To train and prepare them properly within a 3-month camp? Yes, that would be interesting. As for taking part in the drama… I have already gone through it. Not interested anymore.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Venturing into new avenues

Ever since his retirement in October 2020, Khabib Nurmagomedov has shifted into a role that was held by his late father. ‘The Eagle’ has had a very successful year as a coach to his stable of Russian teammates.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Islam Makhachev works for a submission against Drew Dober in their lightweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Fighters like Islam Makhachev, Umar Nurmagomedov, and Usman Nurmagomedov have all greatly benefitted from his tutelage. There’s no doubt up and comers from the show will have many positive takeaways from interacting with Nurmagomedov.

He’s shown that he has what it takes to reach the top and could very well guide other fighters to the highest heights.

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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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