Since his retirement from the UFC late last year, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been quite busy. He’s a well-known instructor and counselor to his American Kickboxing Academy colleaguesIslam Makhachev and Islam Mamedov, among others, and is widely regarded as one of the best MMA trainers today.
Nurmagomedov isn’t just interested in an MMA coaching career; he’s also signed a football deal with Russian club FC Legion Dynamo, confirming his prior stated intentions. Nurmagomedov said earlier this year that he was a “free agent, ready to receive offers” from any football team interested in his talents.
The club announced the signing on its Instagram page.
“Our Legion is in for a tremendous struggle, and we need strong warriors,” the group wrote. “Preparing to welcome [Khabib Nurmagomedov] to our squad.”
Chisanga Malata, an MMA journalist, was one of the first to report the news. One item that was omitted from the statement was what position he will play for the Dynamo, a team that is regarded to be in Russian football’s third division.
Nurmagomedov hasn’t got any official soccer experience, although he’s been playing in Dagestan since he was a child. After defeating then-interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, he announced his retirement from the MMA. Nurmagomedov retired from the sport that he dominated with a 29-0 record, relinquishing the title that Charles Oliveira won in a win over Michael Chandler at UFC 262.
With an outstanding record against elite opponents like Gaethje, former lightweight champion Conor McGregor, and previous interim champion Dustin Poirier, Nurmagomedov is regarded as one of the best mixed martial artists in history.