Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was in attendance at the recently hosted Eagle 36 Fighting Championship. The city of Kazan hosted the event in association with Tatneft.
Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a message of gratitude to everyone who helped make the event a success. He wrote:
When did Khabib Nurmagomedov acquire Eagle FC?
Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from active competition in October 2020 after his third title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. It was after his retirement that the Russian athlete ventured to gain his own promotion.
Khabib Nurmagomedov bought Russian MMA promotion Gorilla Fighting Championship for $ 1 million. He renamed the promotion Eagle Fighting Championship.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is hoping to turn Eagle FC into something of a launching pad for fighters to venture into the UFC. Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke with UFC President Dana White about cooperation between the UFC and Eagle FC. He spoke about the same in an interview with RT Sport MMA:
“I wanted to discuss how many title defenses an EFC fighter needs to get into the UFC. When we recruit fighters, we would like the organization to follow them into the UFC. For example, a guy signs for six. If he wins and defends his title multiple times we’ll get him a UFC contract, then after he signs we’ll take care of his business. It’s no secret that everyone wants to come in at the UFC. Other promotions want their fighters to stay. I want the EFC to be a launching pad on the world stage. ” [Translation courtesy: RT Sport]
Khabib Nurmagomedov recognizes that the UFC is MMA’s largest professional competition platform. Thus, his goals currently do not include taking control of the world MMA scene. However, he aims to do so in the long run. Khabib Nurmagomedov said:
“A 23-year-old fighter can have six, seven fights, win the title and defend it, then sign with the UFC in just two years. That’s a more realistic short-term goal than looking at 10 to 12 years old just right. for a chance to become the best promotion in the world. But we aim to become one of the best in the world. “
Khabib Nurmagomedov had also spoken about making a deal with Dana White to feature the EFC fights on the UFC Fight Pass, which took place during the 2021 inaugural event for the EFC.