UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomerov attends the induction ceremony to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Speaking at the ceremony, the fighter noted that 10 years ago his thinking was completely different.
“I was going to be a champion, get rich, buy everything. But everything that has happened in the last two years has changed my thoughts”, - he said.
Nurmagomedov, now 33, trained under his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov to become UFC champion in 2018 and then defended the title three times. He ended his career in October 2020 after his father died at the age of 57 from the effects of covid. The fighter explained the decision to leave the sport with the promise he made to his mother.
“My father is not with me, and now it is very difficult to stand here and talk about him. This is very emotional for me”, - Kommersant quotes Nurmagomedov as saying.
On account of Nurmagomeodva - 29 victories and not a single defeat. On account of his brother Usman, who plays at Bellator tournaments, he has 14 victories.
At the end of 2021, Khabib Nurmagomedov became one of the most mentioned people in social networks and the most successful Russian star of 2021 according to Forbes. The ranking was based on income and popularity in social networks. The fighter, who earned $ 12 million in a year, took the first line of the hit parade.