Khabib Nurmagomedov is considered by many to be the greatest of all time to do it in MMA.
He earned a 29-0 record to his name as a professional fighter and, after retiring in 2020, became a coach and started working alongside Javier Mendez at the famous American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).
However, even though Khabib’s switch to a coaching career saw immediate success – as Islam Makhachev and Usman Nurmagomedov won the UFC and Bellator lightweight titles, respectively – he recently decided to retire from coaching as well.
“The Eagle” shared the retirement news on social media:
Concluding the year. The year certainly turned out to be a very busy and successful.
Take care of yourself brothers. I hope my decision is only for the best, a big hug to you all.
Thank you, you were a big reason for my success in sports.
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And, according to Makhachev, everyone’s missing Khabib’s presence in the gym:
We’re missing him. We’re missing him in the gym, always now he’s not spending more time in the gym.
He’s traveling a lot and has business and family but he still comes in and gives me good advice.
We make the plans together but now he just stays with his family.
Spoke with the Lightweight Champion, Islam Makhachev who wants a KO over Alex Volkanovski to prove his striking skills, prefers a fight against Beniel Dariush next and explains how Khabib Nurmagomedov is still helping with the fight plan for #UFC284
— Carlos Contreras Legaspi (@CCLegaspi) February 2, 2023