Khabib Nurmagomedov, a.k.a “The Eagle,” has been relatively quiet. Since resigning from his illustrious career as a fighter and coach in mixed martial arts (MMA) to devote more time to his family. However, the legendary Dagestani fighter recently sent shockwaves through the MMA world with a cryptic announcement on social media.
Having always enjoyed unwavering support from his Russian and Muslim fanbase, Khabib’s meteoric rise to global fame came after his dominant submission victory over Conor McGregor in 2018. Although he was already a frightening force in the cell, his triumphant victory against the Irishman catapulted him straight to global fame just within two years before his retirement.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Teases July Surprise: Is the UFC Legend Making a Comeback in Combat Sports?
In a recent post on social media, Khabib shared a video of himself training on a treadmill, hinting slyly at something big coming up in July. While he certainly did not divulge much about the type of the event, he did dismiss though rumors of a potential MMA comeback.
However, fight lovers have already begun assuming what could be in stock for the mystifying fighter, even if it’s not a comeback to MMA. If Khabib does indeed compete in some form of combat sports in July, it will be his first foray back into the arena since his triumphant triangle choke submission victory over Justin Gaethje more than two years ago.
Little did fans know that Khabib had already made the decision to retire before his last fight at UFC 254, where he dealt with the immense pressure of facing a formidable opponent like Gaethje while keeping his retirement plans a secret. Khabib’s retirement from MMA in October 2020 came as a shock to the entire combat sports community.
Beyond the Octagon: Khabib’s Promise of Legacy and the Mystery of July
However, after winning his 13th victory inside the octagon and extending his unbeaten record to 29-0, he took the heartbreaking choice to put up his gloves. In anticipation of Khabib’s next move for July, fans wait with bated breath for the enigmatic fighter’s next move.
Whether it’s a comeback to MMA or a new enterprise, one thing is certain: the world will be watching attentively as “The Eagle” continues to make his everlasting impact on the world of combat sports.