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‘I’m going to be happy and drink Pepsi’: Retired UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has gained 50 pounds

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‘I’m going to be happy and drink Pepsi’: UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov has gained 50 pounds since retiring as lightweight champion and says he trained five hours a day to eat and gain weight

  • Retired UFC Fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov Has Gained 50 Pounds Since Retiring
  • The 33-year-old has admitted he is enjoying his life and not watching his diet
  • Nurmagomedov still trains every day, but not with the same strength when he fought

Retired UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has made sure to keep himself entertained since stepping out of the octagon as he now weighs over 200 pounds.

The 33-year-old retired from fighting last year after promising not to fight with his mother following the death of his father Abdulmanap.

Despite efforts by UFC boss Dana White to get him back in shape after his lightweight title defense win against Justin Gaethje in October 2020, Nurmagomedov kept his promise to his mother.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Admits He’s Gained 50 Pounds Since Retiring From UFC

Since his retirement, Nurmagomedov has become a coach and promoter while not limiting his diet to the same restrictions as he did during his career, insisting that he no longer restricts himself to food.

At a charity event in London he said: ‘I weigh 205 pounds now, maybe 204 pounds in the morning if I don’t have dessert the night before.

“When I was an active fighter I weighed around 190 pounds and I’ve reduced my weight to 155 pounds. I’ve ended my career, I’ve gained about five kilos, but I can’t do anything with this.’

Nurmagomedov said he would lose 35 pounds to make the weight required for fights

Nurmagomedov said he would lose 35 pounds to make the weight required for fights

Nurmagomedov was questioned about his weight throughout his career, with him being taken to hospital after losing weight before his fight with Tony Ferguson in 2017.

He admitted he found it “one of the hardest things” to do and stay away from food, now he’s glad he doesn’t have to manage his diet so strictly.

The Russian said: ‘It was one of the hardest things in my life to stay away from food, even now. It was hard because I was on a diet for 15 years, maybe more.

Nurmagomedov had a perfect record during his UFC career by winning all 29 fights

Nurmagomedov had a perfect record during his UFC career by winning all 29 fights

“To gain weight, I had to stay on a diet for the rest of my life. As a religious person, we have to stay away from many things. When food comes to the table, sometimes you want to enjoy it.

“I have to train for five hours every day to get back to 86 kilos, otherwise I can live a happy life. I’m going to be happy and drink Pepsi.’

Nurmagomedov is still active and training every day, despite not being as vigorous as when he was fighting.

The Russian still trains every day despite being retired and now coaches and promotes in UFC

The Russian still trains every day despite being retired and now coaches and promotes in UFC

He added: “I might train for an hour a day, but before I was active, I trained for at least four hours every day.

“Two o’clock in the morning and two o’clock at night. Sometimes when I felt that wasn’t enough, when I was very hungry and before I became champion, I trained very late, like midnight.

“When I became a UFC champion, I started training smarter to protect my body.”

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