Khabib Nurmagomedov has described his pleasure in meeting Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, the National Security Adviser, as the retired UFC lightweight champion says he looks forward now to launching new initiatives in Abu Dhabi.
Nurmagomedov, 32, announced he was stepping away from the sport on Sunday, immediately following his victory in the unification bout against interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in the capital. The Dagestan native prevailed in the second round to therefore retire undefeated, with a 29-0 professional record.
On Tuesday, Nurmagomedov posted a picture on Instagram alongside Sheikh Tahnoon, who has been integral to the growth of mixed martial arts in the UAE and the region.
Earlier this week, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed, Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Executive Office, met with UFC president Dana White to discuss the success “Return to Fight Island”, the five-event series that concluded with UFC 254. It marked the UFC’s second residency in the capital, with both taking place in the past three months.