It seems as though Khabib Nurmagomedov is returning to fighting but not the way the MMA community had hoped for.
It has been nearly 3 years since Khabib Nurmagomedov decided to retire from the UFC. The former lightweight champion dominated his peers throughout his 10+ years of fighting. Nurmagomedov came to the UFC in 2012 and immediately begin to turn heads. He remained undefeated throughout his UFC career and became champion in 2018. He defended his title three times before ultimately deciding to retire following a request from his mother. Since his retirement fans and the UFC brass have been urging him to return. Now it seems that fans may be getting their wish after all although maybe not as they had hoped.
Nurmagomedov took to social media this weekend to send out a cryptic message to his fans. It seems that he will be returning to fighting although not in person. Nurmagomedov has been working with a company called Gameplan in which he will be fighting against himself in the Metaverse.
Wow, I'm about to fight and guess who's facing me? A younger version of myself! He's all fired up, just like I used to be. But then, out of nowhere, something weird happens. Wondering where this is leading me? Stick around to see what is next @meta_gameplan pic.twitter.com/e44NCqPfn5
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) June 4, 2023
“Wow, I’m about to fight and guess who’s facing me? A younger version of myself!” he write on Twitter. “He’s all fired up, just like I used to be. But then, out of nowhere, something weird happens. Wondering where this is leading me? Stick around to see what is next @meta_gameplan.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov will be fighting in the Metaverse
Since walking away from the fighting side of mixed martial arts Nurmagomedov has stayed close to the sport. He started his own promotion called Eagle Fighting Championship and also stayed on to coach and corner some of his teammates. Over the last several months he has walked back his involvement in the MMA fighting game. He decided to spend more time with his family and focus on other business opportunities. It seems that this Gameplan is one of his next ventures.
MMA Twitter Reacts
Bro this is so done man what we doing here? This is doo doo, not even good quality nft
— Bami (@ayohbami) June 4, 2023
I am very excited . This can change social media as we view it
— Doctor MMA (@FightDoctor_) June 4, 2023
— LegionTheG.eth (@LegionTheG) June 4, 2023
you might be the goat but you need better people advising you on your digital licensing… this looks terrible.
— Marc Fernandez (@MarcFernandez) June 5, 2023
— Premier TV ⚡️📺 (@PremierOG) June 4, 2023
— Lozefc (@Lozefc) June 4, 2023
I hate how this is not Khabib tweeting and the tweet is so annoying
— Nahian (@DeadManWalkin_8) June 4, 2023
Is Khabib a bigger sell out then Conor at this point? At least we expect Conor to sell booze and watches, and what not but Khabib goes from retiring because of his “mom” to selling everything under the sun. What’s next? Fitroo tampons?
— Dale Akstin (@DaksSWRE) June 5, 2023
This man flew off into the nft sunset
— James (@UFvsEverybody) June 4, 2023