Following his impressive decision victory over Vicente Luque on April 16, Belal Muhammad was congratulated by Khabib Nurmagomedov, a man widely regarded as the greatest lightweight of all time.
“The Eagle” walked away from the octagon after his shock post-fight retirement nearly two years ago. Overcoming Justin Gaethje to make his third and final defense of the 155-pound title, the 33-year-old left the sport with a perfect 29-0 record.
In support of the Chicago native, Khabib took to Instagram to congratulate the welterweight on his performance against a tough opponent.
The Russian has always been a supportive figure to those around him, and having trained with Belal Muhammad in the past, the two share a notable respect for each other.
After managing to level the score with Vicente Luque while hosting a grappling clinic, the Roufusport rep has set his sights on Colby Covington in a game that could see the winner earn a chance at the strap of Kamaru Usman.
Gilbert Burns appears to be a more realistic option for Muhammad’s return to the cage as UFC President Dana White has openly stated his preference to pit Khamzat Chimaev against ‘Chaos’ next.
With one more win under his belt, “Remember the Name” could live up to his initial potential and find himself competing in his first-ever UFC title fight.
Where is Khabib Nurmagomedov and will he compete in the UFC again?
Despite rumors of a return, Khabib Nurmagomedov is apparently content with life away from the octagon and seems fully focused on his coaching and management roles.
Since hanging up the gloves, the Dagestanis have played an influential role in the growth and development of many fighters in the mixed martial arts. Although he didn’t win the award, many thought the former UFC lightweight champion should have been considered the 2021 Coach of the Year.
His expertise has helped a handful of athletes across multiple promotions, but coaching isn’t all Nurmagomedov has done. He previously acquired Eagle Fighting Championship and successfully ran the MMA company over the years.
After having set foot on American soil with the Eagle FC events, the judo black belt has her hands full. It seems highly unlikely that he will return to competition anytime soon, although longtime training partner Islam Makhachev appears to be carrying the torch in his absence.