Khabib Nurmagomedov Retires As MMA Coach

He retired from the UFC in 2020.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is reportedly retiring from MMA completely. 

Nurmagomedov wrote in Russian on an Instagram post, which indicated that he’s leaving the sport to reportedly focus on his family. 

The former UFC lightweight champion – who holds the record as the longest-reigning UFC lightweight champion – first left a part of MMA when he retired from competition after successfully defending his title against top contender Justin Gaethje in October of 2020. 

Nurmagomedov had just lost his father and trainer, Abdulmanap, due to complications from Covid-19. 

Not too long after he retired, he re-entered the MMA scene as a coach. He has been Islam Makhachev’s mentor; Makhachev recently won the UFC lightweight title from former champion Charles Oliveira. 

Javier Mendez, a coach from American Kickboxing Academy, confirmed the news to Yahoo Sports. 

“He just doesn’t want to miss being a father,” Mendez told Yahoo Sports.  

“He talked to me about three weeks ago and told me of his plan and said he planned to talk to the team and inform them of his decision. He’s doing this for the right reasons. He’s a family man and he simply wants to spend more time with his family.” 

Here’s how some of the MMA community reacted to the news. 

Mendez further said that it is unclear if Nurmagomedov will corner Makhachev in his first title defense against Alex Volkanovski on February 11 at UFC 284. 

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