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Khabib Nurmagomedov to expand MMA promotion into USA

Khabib Nurmagomedov, MMA

Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to continue growing his MMA promotion by expanding into the USA in 2022. The promotion, aptly named Eagle FC, has already put on 15 with all of them taking place in Eastern Europe.

Khabib Nurmagomedov first told ESPN the news. There are apparently many fighters signing with the promotion and that includes some big-name veterans.

“If you want to become big in MMA, you have to be in USA,” Nurmagomedov said. “For fighters, for promotion, you have to be in U.S. If you’re not in U.S., you can never become No. 1 or best. It’s almost impossible.”

Don’t expect Eagle FC to become UFC. Khabib Nurmagomedov has big plans for his MMA promotion and they don’t include rivaling the UFC.

“It’s not a secret the UFC is the best in the world. Almost 30 years these guys, the UFC, have done a great show around the world. UFC is a great brand. I don’t want to compete with them or other promotions. I have my principles. I have my view.”

The Russian may have the same role as Dana White but that doesn’t mean he wants to become the equivalent in his own MMA promotion. There is a key reason he doesn’t want to be like White though.

“I have hair on my head, first of all,” Nurmagomedov said with a laugh. “I see Dana’s photos when he’s just beginning with the UFC. Now, you can see he don’t have hair on his head. I don’t want to be like Dana.”

Eagle FC has big plans for 2022 and all will be revealed at a press conference on December 15. The first MMA event in the USA will be in Florida.