Retired UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov completed his career with an unblemished record. One of the most important elements of his professional life was his rivalry with Conor McGregor. The Russian reflected on his spat with McGregor in a recent interview.
He also discussed the difficulties he had as a youngster. Khabib said:
“I’m from very poor life. You know, I’m, from very poor life.”
“I remember like, 23 years ago, how my father sell his house and he bring me, all my brothers. We move to capital city because village is not too much of opportunity.”
“We move to capital city and we all living together in one house. And stay there, eat, training, sleep, repeat. Go to the school, someone go college, university. It was like our life, you know. I’m very happy, you know. … Now I realize how father, how his vision was very far because he invest people, he invested with me, my brothers, those people.”
“He invest like thousands and thousands of kids in Dagestan… I’m very happy to be here.”
Nurmagomedov is the first member of the 2022 Hall of Fame Class. As a result, he was present at the event when he reflected on his career and discussed the difficulties he had to overcome.
The UFC Hall of Fame also includes Daniel Cormier in addition to Nurmagomedov. They are close friends and were coworkers at AKA.
Both athletes have had an intense rivalry in the UFC. Some of the most talked-about rivalries in UFC history are the ones between Nurmagomedov and McGregor and between Cormier and Jon Jones.
While Khabib and Cormier have left the game and still make contributions to it in various ways, their rivals are still competing. McGregor intends to make a return shortly. After relinquishing the light heavyweight championship, Jon Jones is getting ready to rule the heavyweight class.