Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed he wants his Eagle Fighting Championship promotion to have between seven and eight cards in the United States next year.
EFC is a promotion held by Khabib Nurmagomedov at the end of 2020, with ‘The Eagle’ venturing into new endeavors now that his competitive career in mixed martial arts is over.
With Rashad Evans coming out of retirement to compete in early 2022 and Kevin Lee signing for them, the EFC is starting to make serious waves. This is despite the fact that the promotion hasn’t even officially landed in America yet.
The expansion plan is clearly going to matter if Khabib Nurmagomedov is that serious about it. As stated in this tweet from Helen Yee, the former UFC lightweight champion wants to get pretty big next year.
“Khabib says he wants @EagleFightClub to be promoted globally. He says Eagle FC’s home will be in Miami and there will be 7-8 shows next year.”
Eagle FC will join a number of other promotions that are currently having an impact in the United States. Although this is a crowded marketplace, the spirit and motivation of the former 155-pound king is a definite advantage to any business.
Will Khabib Nurmagomedov ever come out of retirement?
Considering the number of other projects he’s currently working on, and the time and effort devoted to EFC, our gut tells us that the answer to this question is no.
Beyond that, Khabib himself has said he’s happy with his life and happy to allow the division to move up to lightweight. Charles Oliveira is the current champion, with Khabib’s own friend and training partner Islam Makhachev probably one more chance away at the title.
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‘The Eagle’ has confirmed he would need his mother’s blessing to consider a return to professional MMA, although that doesn’t rule out future matches and wrestling opportunities, possibly against Tony Ferguson.