Khabib Nurmagomedov admitted that he was uncomfortable with his popularity
MOSCOW, June 16 – Former champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Khabib Nurmagomedov said he feels uncomfortable with his popularity.
Nurmagomedov retired in October 2020 after defeating U.S. Representative Justin Gaethje. The Russian left the sport without losing a single fight (29 wins in 29 fights). Now the former UFC champion is the owner of the promotion Eagle Fighting Championship (Eagle FC).
“I’m still a country boy. I left the village, but the village is still in me. Sometimes I understand how popular I am, but most of the time I don’t think about it. To be honest, I’m uncomfortable (with popularity). It has a lot of disadvantages. Of course, I can do business, but, most of the time, I feel uncomfortable because all eyes are on me. All the time and everywhere. I can only feel relaxed in my room, in my house. When I go out, I don’t I feel free, even when I live in a free country like the United States,” Nurmagomedov said in an interview published on the Eagle FC YouTube channel.
Also, the ex-UFC champion said that he was always drawn to his homeland.
“It doesn’t matter where I live – the USA or another country. I always want to return to my homeland. I live in the countryside, I have a house there. I have a gym, I have horses and other animals. I have a lot of land. There is a small company that sells vegetables. I myself sold tomatoes when I was ten years old. Who wouldn’t want to live in California when you have money to buy a house and stay here? But my heart is there, in Dagestan,” the Russian added.