UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is crossing over from fighter to promoter after shopping his dangle MMA organization.
This week, the undefeated Russian unveiled Eagle Combating Championships – rebranded after his protect of Gorilla Combating Championship – as he seeks to get a developmental league that can hopefully eye a slew of future contenders. While Nurmagomedov previously has dabbled in promotion, he’ll now again because the owner and the face of the organization with his title connected to the brand.
After the ink dried on the deal, Nurmagomedov wasted no time reaching out to UFC President Dana White in repeat to talk to him a pair of brand new manufacture of working relationship between his organization and the ideal MMA promotion on this planet.
“I had this offer to Dana White,” Nurmagomedov defined for the duration of a press convention held in Russia this week (translation courtesy of RT Sport). “I needed to set a contract with UFC Wrestle Scoot, to broadcast EFC fights there, manufacture of fancy their contract with M-1 but a bit varied.”
Per Nurmagomedov, he desires to grow EFC with a good roster of gifted opponents, but he’s now not looking out out for to compete with the UFC. As a replacement, he desires to work aspect-by-aspect to profit graduate EFC’s opponents to sooner or later be half of the UFC roster.
“I needed to focus on the option of title defenses an EFC fighter desires to get into the UFC,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “When we signal opponents, we might fancy the organization to practice them into the UFC. For instance, a man signs for six fights. If he wins and defends his title a pair of cases, we’ll get him a UFC contract, then after he signs we’ll tackle his affairs.
“It’s no secret everybody desires to get into the UFC. Other promotions need their opponents to dwell. I don’t need that. I desire EFC to be a launchpad into the realm stage.”
As much as Nurmagomedov desires EFC to be triumphant, he understands that it’s end to impossible to compete with a company as massive because the UFC, especially pondering the market share they already seize an eye fixed on on a global scale.
In formulation to looking out to achieve an unwinnable war, the 32-Three hundred and sixty five days-aged ragged prefers to profit up and coming athletes label their very dangle dreams by sooner or later combating in the UFC much fancy he did with his career.
“We need now not much less than 10 years to be larger than UFC, so we don’t dangle those targets,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “A 23-Three hundred and sixty five days-aged fighter can dangle six, seven fights, take the title and protect it, then signal with the UFC in correct two years.
“That’s a extra realistic brief aim than having a look forward 10 to 12 years correct for a gamble to turn into the ideal promotion in the realm. Nonetheless we enact aim to turn into one in every of the ideal in the realm.”
Take a look at out the corpulent video courtesy of RT Sport.