Khabib Nurmagomedov may never fight in the octagon again, but might he play professional football?
The world got a small window into the Russian’s love of football earlier this year when a clip surfaced of him playing and stripping an opponent for pace.
In an interview with BT Sport, The Eagle has now revealed that he’s had offers from some professional clubs and once he’s in shape, he intends on accepting.
“A lot of football clubs have offered me [to play for them] but I have to get in football shape,” Khabib started. “Football shape is very different to MMA shape. When you have to fight in MMA and when you have to play football, this is very different.
“If some football clubs make me an interesting offer, I’m going to accept this. This is my childhood dream. This is my first love.
“Football for me is my sport. When I was growing up, all the time I watched old Ronaldo from Brazil, but what Cristiano Ronaldo then did is amazing.
“In 2004 he was in the finals of Euro. In 2016 he won the Euros. He was six-time finals of the Champion League. He won the Spanish league. He won the Italian league. He won the English league. He won five-time Golden Ball winner. A lot of things. Cristiano Ronaldo I think is the best.
“Football is on another level. MMA; I like MMA, I like fighting, I like competition with people like [who] mis the best fighter in the world, but football, for me, is my sport,” Khabib finished.
Khabib is one of the all-time greats in UFC after retiring 29-0 and as the lightweight champion.
He defeated and stopped all of Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje before calling it a day and he has now pivoted into coaching. Names like Islam Makhachev and Usman nurmagomedov have held perfect records with him in their corner.
Many have wondered if the 32 year old could make a return to the octagon with his late father, Abdulmanap, known for wanting his son to reach 30-0.
If he is to take up football properly, he’ll need to start fast as he’ll be 33 in September.