Khabib Nurmagomedov certainly knows how to celebrate a UFC title win in style after being accompanied to a feast by his coach Javier Mendez and several of his teammates in the days after his title defense against Justin Gaethje.
Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in the moments after his 29th consecutive career win against American Gaethje on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi last month. Now that his weight loss days are apparently behind him, the Russian superstar is no longer afraid of indulging in the kind of feast that high-ranking price contenders typically don’t have.
A video post uploaded to the Instagram account of the head of the American Kickboxing Academy, Javier Mendez, shows Nurmagomedov eating a hearty meal with several members of his family and team.
Khabib is joined by his cousins Umar and Abubakar, as well as UFC fighter Zubaira Tukhugov and 12-1 flyweight Tagir Ulanbekov.
However, a cheeky Khabib seems to suggest in the video that Mendez, the man who led the Russian to the UFC title, must first lose 7 pounds before he can eat.
“You have to lose 7 kilos,” says Khabib to Mendez in the video and suggests that he has to lose weight. “It’s almost 15 pounds.
“But tonight, forget that,” he admits a moment later.
From the moment he announced his resignation from UFC 254, there has been speculation about whether or not Khabib might be rolled back into the organization for one final fight in search of an unprecedented 30-0 record.
Nurmagomedov appeared open to a possible fight with his UFC colleague Georges St-Pierre, but revealed in the cage in Abu Dhabi that he had given his mother his word that he would not continue fighting without his father and trainer Abdulmanap, who died in July after complications from COVID-19.
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