When most people leave the UFC, certainly in their prime, they rarely stay in retirement.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the few who is generally believed to have completely hung up his gloves, and his natural transition to coach is part of that.
The former UFC lightweight champion 29-0 lost after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, but since then he has coached and cornered many of his fellow Russians at the American Kickboxing Academy.
Names like Umar Nurmagomedov – Khabib’s cousin – and Islam Makhachev, who won on Saturday, reaped the benefits of having Khabib by their side.
Speaking after submitting Thiago Moises in the fourth round of Saturday’s UFC event, Makhachev explained how selfless The Eagle really is.
“If anyone says I’m like Khabib, I’m okay with that,” Makhachev told UFC Vegas 31 post-fight press conference.
“I want to be like Khabib. He’s a great man, he’s a champion, he has a lot of money now, a lot of everything, but still a humble man.
“He comes to the United States without his family, stays for one, two months just to help me. He doesn’t take money, nothing. He just comes and helps the whole team. He does everything for the team.
And it’s not just that Khabib won’t take money from his team – like, of course, coaches and coaches normally do during camps – he pays for everything, too.
“We come to the United States without him, to San José,” Makhachev continued. “He rents a big house for the team, he rents a lot of cars for the team and nobody pays.
“He pays for everything. I can’t explain Khabib to you because he does a lot of stuff but nobody knows. We all have to say thank you to him.
Khabib has a flawless record since transitioning to a Cornerman with all of his fighters coming out victorious.
Makhachev is now 20-1 in his career and on an eight-game winning streak in the UFC lightweight division.
The division is currently dominated by Charles Oliviera and he is expected to meet Dustin Poirier after The Diamond defeated Conor McGregor earlier this month in the third battle of two previous Khabib enemies.