Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is content with his retired life. He retired from the sport last year following his second-round submission victory over former UFC interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
Since retiring from the sport, Khabib Nurmagomedov has turned to coaching to produce the next generation of champions from Dagestan.
He has been cornering UFC fighters like Islam Makhachev and Umar Nurmagomedov and last month, he was also seen cornering Usman Nurmagomedov at Bellator 255.
Ali Abdelaziz praises Khabib Nurmagomedov
In an interview with TMZ, Ali Abdelaziz also praised Khabib Nurmagomedov for how quickly the Dagestani superstar has taken to coaching.
“He’s an entrepreneur, a businessman, he’s coaching his friends. He’s more helping his friends than coaching his friends. I think he’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever seen. He’s an unbelievable coach,” Abdelaziz said of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“He’s a great coach naturally. He’s a very disciplined human being. And course having Javier Mendez there to help him (at American Kickboxing Academy), of course, he’s the head coach. Khabib (Nurmagomedov) is never going to take this away from him out of respect,” continued Abdelaziz.
“But realistically, he’s just a disciplined human being. When you have this kind of discipline (that Nurmagomedov has) — the guy is worth so much money and he’s still going to a Bellator event and a UFC event and stays at a $50 dollar hotel at night. He’s got no ego. He loves his friends, he loves his peers, and he’s there for them. You’re going to see a lot of new generation (of fighters) coming from his team. They’re probably going to dominate the UFC or MMA in general.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)
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