Khabib Nurmagomedov has risen above all other Russian athletes and celebrities on the star rating list according to Forbes.
Former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov continues to grow both professionally within and outside of the sport of MMA. Since leaving fights last year, Nurmagomedov has made the switch to coach and started some great business opportunities in his home country of Russia. Its popularity is increasing; And now, according to Forbes, he is the biggest star among Russian-born personalities.
According to the publication, “The Eagle” has risen above all other Russian athletes and celebrities in social media followings and media referrals. There are 50 names on the list, and only one of those people beat Khabib in pay shifts, and that was hockey star Alexander Ovechkin. Although Ovechkin has more in the finance department, Nurmagomedov was placed ahead of him due to followers on social media and popularity in the media.
There is no doubt that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s rise to stardom received a huge boost when he fought and beat Conor McGregor. To this day, McGregor still mocks him and keeps his name in the media. However, after a successful undefeated run, Nurmagomedov doesn’t need McGregor to keep him relevant. He’s doing quite well alone.
Since retiring from MMA, Khabib has taken some of his younger sparring partners under his wing. Stepping in as his late father’s coach, Nurmagomedov can be seen very often next to the cage at UFC events with protégé Islam Machkachev and at Bellator with his cousin Usman Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov has also taken control of his own MMA organization, aptly named Eagle Fighting Championships. He hopes to maintain this as a power league for the UFC and continue to be a force in the rise of the sport of MMA both in his hometown of Daegastan and in Russia.
What do you think of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s continued rise after his retirement from MMA?
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