Khabib displays incredible pace during football game with Real Madrid legend Clarence Seedorf in Dubai as Dana White makes Conor McGregor rematch admission

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is content to enjoy retired life by swapping the octagon for the football pitch, despite rumours of a Conor McGregor rematch.

The former UFC lightweight champion walked away from fighting in the immediate aftermath of his dominant display against Justin Gaethje on Fight Island at UFC 254.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Clarence Seedorf enjoyed a friendly kick about in Dubai

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Clarence Seedorf enjoyed a friendly kick about in Dubai

The 32-year-old walked away from the brutal world of MMA after making a promise to not fight again to his mother following the tragic death of his father.

With a perfect record of 29-0 and with his promise to his mother still kept, the Russian is taking the time to enjoy some well-earned rest and recuperation with his friends.

The 29-0 MMA star forgot he was not in an octagon as he shot for the singly leg on Seedorf

The 29-0 MMA star forgot he was not in an octagon as he shot for the singly leg on Seedorf

Of course, when you are a former UFC champion and one of the greatest athletes of your generation, your contact book is a little bit more star-studded and fans were amazed to see Khabib and his pals having a kick about with Clarence Seedorf.

The Real Madrid, AC Milan and Netherlands legend teamed up with the MMA icon for a game against Burak Özdemir – a Turkish chef known on social media as @cznburak who is renowned for his incredible recipes.

Khabib lined up Turkish chef Burak Özdemir

Khabib lined up Turkish chef Burak Özdemir

The 32-year-old knocked the ball past his static opponent

The 32-year-old knocked the ball past his static opponent

Özdemir had no chance of catching the former UFC champion

Özdemir had no chance of catching the former UFC champion

Given his obvious competitive nature, Khabib showed off an array of incredible skills during the match at the NAS Sports Complex in Dubai, even managing to burn past an opponent with an incredible burst of pace.

Despite wearing running trainers and UFC trunks during the game, it was clear the Real Madrid fan, who labelled Seedorf his favourite player growing up, is not concerned about events which will unfold mere miles away from where he was enjoying himself with his friends.

Seedorf showed he still has the skills to pay the bills

Seedorf showed he still has the skills to pay the bills

Former rival Conor McGregor – who has his own football bromance with Kieran Tierney – is making a comeback at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 – a rematch almost seven years in the making with potentially huge ramifications now Khabib has retired.

President Dana White told ESPN a win for ‘The Notorious’ against Poirier would make it almost impossible for him NOT to book a rematch after their first fight in 2018.

Dana White suggested Conor McGregor could secure a rematch with ‘The Eagle’ if he beats Dustin Poirier at UFC 257

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Dana White suggested Conor McGregor could secure a rematch with ‘The Eagle’ if he beats Dustin Poirier at UFC 257

“No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, [but] one of the best to ever do it,” White said.

“Right now he’s as focused as he’s ever been. I don’t know if this is going to be the same Conor after the Poirier fight. Like you said, Conor goes like this [makes up-and-down gesture].

“But if this Conor sticks around for the next year, how do you not do Khabib vs. Conor again?

“The division’s stacked with tough guys and the reality is that if Khabib does retire then whoever the highest-ranked guy is at the time will end up facing Conor—if Conor beats Poirier and would fight for the title—I’m sure.”





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