Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to be a professional footballer soon. The UFC lightweight GOAT had been hinting at playing football at the professional level. Often seen posting videos of himself and his teammates enjoying a game of football, Khabib was rumored to make a move to Russian league’s third-tier club FC Legion Dynamo Makhachkala.
Following Khabib’s Instagram post a couple of months ago, Legion Makhachkala’s assistant manager Akhmad Magomedkamilov had said: “We offered a contract to Khabib and we are waiting for his answer. We hope that the signing will take place. We did what Santiago Bernabeu, the late president of Real Madrid, did in due course. When he saw Lev Yashin, he gave him a check and told him to enter any amount in it. Khabib and I did the same. The main thing for him is to come to play. Now we are waiting for the answer.”
And now, it looks like ‘The Eagle’ has gone on and signed a professional contract with FC Legion Dynamo. The news of Khabib signing a professional football contract has gone viral already, and left fans on the edge of their seats. MMA Journalist Chisanga Malata was one among the few to report the news first.
‘Will the Eagle make a good footballer?’
Malata’s tweet read, “Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has signed professional ⚽️ contract with FC Legion Dynamo. They play in the third tier of Russian football. Thoughts, folks. Will the Eagle make a good footballer?“
There is no denying the skills and knowledge Khabib possesses about football. In fact, he has stated in several interviews that he likes football more than he likes MMA.
The club he has signed with plays tier-three football in the Russian Professional Football League. They were founded only in the year 2015, and have been named Dynamo since the 2016-17 season. Previously they were simply known as FC Legion Makhachkala. Shamil Lakhiyalov is the club’s chairman and Renat Izbulatov is the manager.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, retired from the sport of MMA in October 2020 after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. He left the sport for good saying that he would never ever return to the Octagon without his late father in the ringside, after also having promised his mother. Now, almost a year later, he has found himself a new venture.
How do you think Khabib will fare as a professional footballer?