Khabib Nurmagomedov Opens Up On Life In Retirement – “I’m Living Like All Other People, It’s Like A Normal Life.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 2020 UFC retirement initially sparked an extremely active coaching career, but as of late, the former lightweight champion seemingly prefers to remain completely behind the scenes.

Following his second round submission of Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, Nurmagomedov made the tough decision to step away from the sport to fulfill a promise he made to his Mother that he would not compete without the presence of his late Father in the corner. But, Nurmagomedov remained active in the MMA community and worked in the corner of several high-level fighters himself, including current UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

More recently, “The Eagle” decided to completely step away from the sport, and in a rare Q&A session earlier this week in British Columbia, Canada he explained that his coaching efforts are continuing in the background.

“It’s nothing special. But I’m living like all other people, it’s like a normal life.” Khabib Nurmagomedov stated in the recent press event. “I have family, kids, and I have myself. I’m traveling a lot, traveling around the world almost everywhere, and try to inspire people. You know, sometimes we make meet and greet like this here… Nothing special, a normal life.”

He continued, “It’s not like I’m retired from coaching. Like sometimes I go to the gym and share my knowledge and my experience with my brothers. It’s not about retiring [from coaching]. But with MMA, going to cornering in fight week, with this kind of stuff, I’m done. But I still share my knowledge and experience with my brothers, and this is one of the most important things in my life right now.”

“…I still have things to share with them. Grappling, wrestling, some mental things. I still coach my brothers.” Khabib Nurmagomedov concluded. “When I was fighting, you go to the cage and you can control yourself and fight with your opponent, you can do something. But when you’re cornering, it’s very difficult you can just talk you know? You can do nothing… I like fighting more than talking.”


Khabib retired with a record of 29-0 at the top of his game and with a championship belt in his hand. Additionally, he was even inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2022.

While it does not sound like he will be making any Octagon side professional appearances any time soon, it is positive to hear that Nurmagomedov remains active in a teaching capacity, in addition to enjoying time with his family.




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