Khabib confirms he’s still coaching, despite saying he’ll never return to MMA

UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov is renowned for his exceptional combat sports career. Since his retirement, Nurmagomedov has seamlessly transitioned into a mentor. He is now working towards shaping the next generation of phenomenal competitors.

In 2020, Nurmagomedov bid farewell to the UFC after a triumphant victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. His decision was deeply rooted in the profound loss of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov has not wavered from his resolve to remain retired as promised to his mother. Although UFC CEO Dana White has hinted at getting him back into the Octagon, Nurmagomedov hasn’t strayed from his chosen course.

Post-retirement, Nurmagomedov has taken up coaching. Notable proteges include UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and the rising welterweight sensation Belal Muhammad.

In a surprising turn of events in 2023, Nurmagomedov initially announced his departure from MMA. This signaled an end to his coaching journey. But he later reconsidered, remaining a key figure in coaching circles.

Addressing queries during a recent Q&A session in Canada, Nurmagomedov clarified his stance on coaching. He said: “It’s not like I’m retired from coaching. Sometimes I go to the gym, share my experience, with all of my brothers. It’s not about ‘I’m retiring from coaching’, but with cornering, fight week, everything…I’m done. I’m still sharing my knowledge and experience…”

While he expressed that he is not retired from coaching, he highlighted the shift away from cornering. Despite these changes, he emphasized his commitment to sharing knowledge and experience with fellow competitors.

He continued: “This is one of the most important things in my life right now before I become 40 because I still have things to share with them. Grappling, wrestling, some mental things. I still coach my brothers.”

Arguably one of the best competitors in UFC history, Nurmagomedov finished his career with a perfect 29-0 record. During his time in the UFC, he won against opponents like Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, and Gaethje.

Despite his stoic demeanor, Khabib’s fiery passion for coaching remains evident.