Khabib Nurmagomedov congratulates Islam Makhachev on his title defense at UFC 294 and expresses his decision to leave the sport of MMA. Read more about their bond and the success of young fighters under Khabib’s guidance.
| Khabib Nurmagomedov congratulates Islam Makhachev on his title defense at UFC 294.
| Nurmagomedov expresses annoyance towards fans regarding his absence in the champion’s corner.
| Nurmagomedov reiterates his decision to leave the sport of MMA completely.
| Islam Makhachev posts a video of him training with Khabib, highlighting their bond.
| Makhachev mentions that Khabib never misses a workout and expresses confidence in his abilities.
| Khabib’s support of young fighters has proven successful even after his retirement from coaching.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Congratulates Islam Makhachev
After Islam Makhachev’s impressive title defense at UFC 294, his former teammate and coach Khabib Nurmagomedov took to social media to congratulate him. However, Nurmagomedov also expressed slight annoyance towards fans regarding his lack of presence in the champion’s corner.
In an Instagram post, Nurmagomedov reiterated his decision to leave the sport of mixed martial arts completely. He asked fans to accept his decision and mentioned that his brothers, friends, and sparring partners have already done so.
Nurmagomedov had initially announced that he would no longer corner fighters as frequently before the first fight between Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski. In his recent post following UFC 294, he seemed frustrated with questions about his coaching stance.
Islam Makhachev, who started his MMA journey under the guidance of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s father and head coach, has become a topic of conversation. Makhachev recently posted a video on Instagram showing the two Dagestanis training together. In the caption, Makhachev mentioned that it has been almost three years since Khabib retired and that he never misses a workout. Makhachev also expressed confidence that if Khabib wanted to, beating Sean Strickland wouldn’t be difficult for him.
While Khabib Nurmagomedov has not ruled out a return to MMA in any capacity, it seems unlikely. However, his continued support of young fighters, including Makhachev, has proven successful even after his retirement from coaching.