Former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov “doesn’t assume something” may tempt him again to the UFC after revealing he agreed together with his mom to retire following his beloved father’s dying.
Nurmagomedov, 33, is taken into account one of many nice MMA fighters of all time and retired final October with a 29-0 unbeaten skilled file.
Simply 4 months beforehand, his father and mentor Abdulmanap had handed away.
Nurmagomedov stated he retired “on the excellent time” and it was a “good resolution”.
The Russian additionally revealed UFC president Dana White had requested him to think about a return a few months in the past. Requested concerning the chance of that taking place, he replied: “No I do not assume so. I do not know if my thoughts modifications and I’m going a bit loopy, we by no means know what will occur tomorrow.
“Proper now I’m not drunk on life. I’m good, Alhamdulillah.”
Nurmagomedov has been on a tour of the UK and was talking at a fundraising occasion for charity SKT Welfare at London’s Indigo on the O2. In a wide-ranging interview he spoke about:
- Attempting to forgive UFC rival Conor McGregor
- Affect of his father rising up and through his profession
- Making the choice to retire
- Being a world famous person and coping with psychological well being
- His love of soccer
‘Life has already smashed McGregor’
Nurmagomedov had a bitter rivalry in UFC with McGregor, and in April 2019 the Irish fighter aimed an Islamophobic insult at his opponent, who’s a practising Muslim.
In October 2018, each males had been suspended and fined when a post-fight brawl marred their UFC 229 contest, which Nurmagomedov had received courtesy of a fourth-round submission.
“Father was a unique individual than me,” stated Nurmagomedov.”In conditions he all the time had completely different views than mine. When the issues occurred with McGregor, he instructed me to depart it as a result of Allah all the time has a plan, he all the time assessments you.
“Even when he talked unhealthy about my faith, father stated attempt to forgive. He used to say I’m an emotional man, so how can I forgive [McGregor]? I’ve to battle with him and smash him.
“I can’t perceive 100% the ideas of my father however as time goes by I can see it. I need not smash him any extra, life has already smashed him.”
‘It was like a military life’
Rising up within the mountains of Dagestan in Russia, says Nurmagomedov, his father was an enormous affect on his life. He died at a Moscow hospital in July 2020 following problems attributable to coronavirus.
He stated: “All my life, my father by no means had a enterprise. I do not understand how he made cash; all his life he spent investing in individuals.
“I keep in mind once we had been children, he took me, my brother and cousins from the village and moved to the town. There weren’t too many alternatives and we lived in a single home for 10 years. Some went to highschool however we educated collectively morning and evening.
“It was like a military life. All day he tried to show us good manners, push us in schooling, push us within the fitness center and he sacrificed his life to spend money on me and my brothers. From this home there have been seven world UFC champions and all these guys have helped lots of people.”
‘Retiring was the appropriate resolution’
Nurmagomedov retired from UFC final October after defeating interim champion Justin Gaethje with a second-round choke submission.
Requested whether or not it was a tricky resolution, he stated: “It was very powerful. it was a tricky time in my life as a result of I simply misplaced my father in July and fought in October.
“When my father died, my mom and I made the choice that it was going to be the final battle. I fought for a legacy and solely got here into sport to make historical past and to present motivation to the youthful generations.
“In case you are from the mountain, are from a poor a part of the world, you probably have a dream you are able to do no matter you need. I defended my title twice with my father however I puzzled why I must comply with this path with out my father?
“Sooner or later every part will come to an finish anyway and it was an ideal time to complete. I feel this was the appropriate resolution to retire, even after a yr it was an excellent resolution.”
‘Typically I lose my thoughts too’
Nurmagomedov is likely one of the hottest sportsmen on the planet on social media, with 30.6 million followers on Instagram and an additional 1.7 million on Twitter.
Requested how he copes with the celebrity and offers together with his psychological well being, he stated: “Solely due to my religion. Being well-known and wealthy is the toughest factor in life.
“You should purchase garments, you possibly can by vehicles, you possibly can journey by shopping for tickets. You need not ask anyone. Once you ask Allah on a regular basis your religion is robust. Different athletes go loopy.
“Typically I lose my thoughts too! It’s onerous to be in a single place along with your thoughts, typically it will probably go up and down. I pray day by day and attempt to do good issues. It’s about your crew and who’s round you, those who really fear about your future let you know the reality.”
‘Soccer is the very best sport’
On Saturday, Nurmagomedov was at Previous Trafford to look at Manchester United’s 1-1 Premier League draw once more Everton.
He was introduced a shirt with the quantity seven on the again and in addition met Sir Alex Ferguson, Patrice Evra and Usain Bolt after the sport.
“I used to be speaking to Ronaldo a few weeks earlier than he re-signed and he stated it was a secret; now it’s not. I used to be in Manchester on Friday evening with Paul Pogba and Ronaldo earlier than the match after which within the stadium for the sport.
“Once I was younger I actually cherished soccer, it’s on a unique degree and for me is the very best sport.
“I fought as a result of I understand how to, from dwelling within the mountain. I fly to the USA, take their cash and go dwelling. That’s the greatest feeling.”