Khabib Nurmagomedov’s EFC Partners with UFC

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s EFC Partners with UFC

Weeks have passed since Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his formal retirement from mixed martial arts. Retirement was prompted after the undisputed champion lost his father to Covid-19. Dedicated supporters rallied for Nurmagomedov to make another appearance & reach thirty victories. Those calls wouldn’t be heard by Khabib, with the UFC Champion announcing his acquisition of “Gorilla Fighting Championship” in Dagestan.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has become the founder & chief executive officer of Eagle Fighting Championship, with GFC being rebranded to account for its updated leadership. Discussions with UFC President Dana White have begun with Khabib Nurmagomedov, with insider speculation indicating that promotional events under the EFC will be broadcasted on “UFC Fight Pass”. Khabib & White formalizing this broadcast partnership would benefit Nurmagomedov’s investment. Inside sources suggest that negotiations are near completion & that supporters can anticipate broadcasted EFC events by the new year.

Inside sources providing minor details on the negotiations prompted questions onto Khabib Nurmagomedov, where the retired UFC Champion noted that brokering a deal is near completion. Broadcast negotiations began after Khabib Nurmagomedov approached Dana White, informing the UFC President of acquiring the Gorilla Fighting Championship. Khabib suggested that broadcasting of his promotions be sustained on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC & EFC as One

Broadcasting isn’t the exclusive attribute associated with these negotiations. Khabib Nurmagomedov wants upcoming talent in the Eagle Fighting Championship to have an opportunity with the UFC. Discussions relate towards required title defences an EFC fighter would be necessary to sustain before being offered a UFC contract. Nurmagomedov detailed that initial contracts wouldn’t extend past six fights, giving signed fighters from the EFC a minimum of two-years for competitive dominance.

What this means for the Ultimate Fighting Championship is an increased presence of Middle Eastern & Russian fighters, the defining heritage of Khabib Nurmagomedov. When questioned by reporters if dominating over the UFC is the defining goal, the retired UFC Champion emphasized that partnership is all that’s needed. That’s because Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to become the UFC of Eastern Europe & the Middle East. That wouldn’t inflict financial damage on Dana White, with UFC popularity held most in the United States & Canada.