Khabib Nurmagomedov is content material to take pleasure in retired life by swapping the octagon for the soccer pitch, regardless of rumours of a Conor McGregor rematch.
The previous UFC light-weight champion walked away from combating within the rapid aftermath of his dominant show in opposition to Justin Gaethje on Battle Island at UFC 254.
The 32-year-old walked away from the brutal world of MMA after making a promise to not battle once more to his mom following the tragic demise of his father.
With an ideal file of 29-Zero and together with his promise to his mom nonetheless saved, the Russian is taking the time to take pleasure in some well-earned relaxation and recuperation together with his associates.
After all, if you find yourself a former UFC champion and one of many biggest athletes of your technology, your contact guide is a little bit bit extra star-studded and followers have been amazed to see Khabib and his buddies having a kick about with Clarence Seedorf.
The Actual Madrid, AC Milan and Netherlands legend teamed up with the MMA icon for a recreation in opposition to Burak Özdemir – a Turkish chef identified on social media as @cznburak who’s famend for his unimaginable recipes.
Given his apparent aggressive nature, Khabib confirmed off an array of unimaginable expertise through the match on the NAS Sports activities Complicated in Dubai, even managing to burn previous an opponent with an unimaginable burst of tempo.
Regardless of carrying operating trainers and UFC trunks through the recreation, it was clear the Actual Madrid fan, who labelled Seedorf his favorite participant rising up, will not be involved about occasions which can unfold mere miles away from the place he was having fun with himself together with his associates.
Former rival Conor McGregor – who has his personal soccer bromance with Kieran Tierney – is making a comeback on the Etihad Enviornment on Battle Island in opposition to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 – a rematch nearly seven years within the making with doubtlessly enormous ramifications now Khabib has retired.
President Dana White informed ESPN a win for ‘The Infamous’ in opposition to Poirier would make it nearly unattainable for him NOT to guide a rematch after their first battle in 2018.
“It doesn’t matter what you consider Conor personally, Conor McGregor will not be solely probably the greatest on this planet, [but] probably the greatest to ever do it,” White stated.
“Proper now he’s as targeted as he’s ever been. I don’t know if that is going to be the identical Conor after the Poirier battle. Such as you stated, Conor goes like this [makes up-and-down gesture].
“But when this Conor sticks round for the following 12 months, how do you not do Khabib vs. Conor once more?
“The division’s stacked with robust guys and the fact is that if Khabib does retire then whoever the highest-ranked man is on the time will find yourself going through Conor—if Conor beats Poirier and would battle for the title—I’m certain.”