‘Martial Arts Retirement’ Habif “Olympic Wrestling Gold”
Former UFC champion Habif Nurmagomedov (34, Russia) revealed another reason for quitting mixed martial arts not only as an athlete but also as a leader and businessman.
On the 8th (hereafter Korean time), Nurmagomedov said through the exclusive content of the Russian tournament ‘Eagle FC’, “I am leaving the industry in all related fields, including trainers. It is because of his desire to spend more time with his family.”
Since December 2020, Nurmagomedov has been co-president of Eagle FC. Russian internet broadcaster ‘Telecanal Udar’ exclusively reported ‘Habif Nurmagomedov: The Last Interview in Mixed Martial Arts’ on the 14th.
“I want an Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling to come out of my gym,” Nurmagomedov said. I am well aware that this is an achievement that cannot be achieved right away.”
During his active career, Nurmagomedov left achievements such as ▲ 29 wins in 29 professional matches ▲ 13 consecutive wins in his UFC debut ▲ 3rd defense of the UFC title from 2008 to 2020, and is considered one of the best ever in the mixed martial arts lightweight (-70kg).
After retiring as a fighter, he also proved his coaching skills by raising Islam Mahachev (31, Russia) to UFC Lightweight Champion and Usman Nurmagomedov (24, Russia) to Bellator Lightweight Champion. The UFC and Bellator are the world’s first and second largest mixed martial arts organizations.
Habif Nurmagomedov said, “The goal is not Paris, France in 2024, but Los Angeles, USA in 2028. I will create all the conditions for this,” he said, revealing his long-term aspirations to foster Olympic wrestling champions. 먹튀검증
In terms of mixed martial arts, Khabif Nurmagomedov and his students boasted top-notch takedown offensive and defensive skills. “Of course I still have a grappler (in my gym),” he said. I will work according to the words of my father (died in 2020) during his lifetime.”
Abdulmanaf Nurmagomedov made his son Habif the UFC champion. He was also the teacher of world championship gold medalist Abbasgaji Magomedov (24, Russia), who established himself as a world class freestyle wrestling in 2021, and Mahamedhabif Kazimahamedau (28, Belarus), silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics.
Even after he passed away, the ‘wrestling world champion taught by Abdulmanaf Nurmagomedov’ was produced. But the Olympic gold medalist is still there.
Of course, Magomedov and Kazima Hamedau are world-class powerhouses that would not be strange if they won the Paris Olympics. Regardless of their later success, Khabib Nurmagomedov set the next course of his life for success as a wrestling coach as well as in mixed martial arts like his father.
“It will never be easy,” said Khabif Nurmagomedov. “There are hungry, motivated students who want to fight. I think I can raise an Olympic wrestling champion in my gym.”
In the Republic of Dagestan, Russia, a large sports hall is being built, which Khabif Nurmagomedov intends to use as a springboard for a wrestling trainer challenge.