“The Legacy Continues”, was a memorable event hosted by Miftaah Institute with UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, The Eagle, on Jan. 25. During the interview session at Miftaah Campus in Warren Michigan Nurmagomedov and members of the Miftaah Institute discussed a variety of topics. Over a thousand people were in attendance and able to learn about Nurmagomedov’s life before, during, and after his UFC days.
One of the main topics discussed in this session was Khabib’s upbringing in Dagestan, Russia. He spoke to listeners about the lifestyle, conditions, and uniqueness of living in his village of Sidi. He also discussed the impact his father had on him and how that has shaped him into the person he is today.
Nurmagomedov’s father had a major influence on his career, up until his death in 2020. This led the Eagle to retire after his fight against Justin Gaethje. The Eagle also mentions how his father always kept him busy growing up, and how that has stayed with him after retiring.
“When I grew up, my father always make me do something, it never was like sitting and just like how they like to say, like just chilling. Even now, like I’m 33 years old and I’m finished with my professional career but I never sit and live in one city, ” Nurmagomedov said.
Alongside discussing the influence his father had on him, Nurmagomedov discussed parenting, the difference in lifestyle between his village in Dagestan, and the rest of the world, and how it made him a tougher person.
Another important topic discussed was how Nurmagomedov has been able to represent Islam in a positive manner throughout his time in the UFC. He has also continued to make a beneficial impact post-retirement. He emphasized leading by example and representing Islamic values through words and action.
Throughout the event, Nurmagomedov commented on many of his experiences in the UFC. He also shared some information on some of his memorable fights, including his matchups against Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirer, and Justin Gaethje. He described the meaning beyond some of his iconic sayings and actions, as well as his thought process during some of these nights.
Overall, the event gave many a new insight into Nurmagomedov’s legacy by including an engaging and successful interview with Miftaah Institute. With a mixture of life lessons, Islamic advice, experiences, and comedy, “The Legacy Continues” was an enjoyable experience for everyone.