Former UFC lightweight champion and massive football fan Khabib Nurmagomedov met Liverpool legend Ian Rush on Saturday.
‘The Eagle’ was at Anfield to watch Jurgen Klopp’s men try to get their Premier League campaign back on track against Graham Potter’s struggling Chelsea side.
It was a result neither side wanted, and it leaves them in eighth and tenth place respectively – ten points off Manchester United who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.
Although the game failed to deliver, it wasn’t a totally wasted trip for Nurmagomedov who seemed to enjoy his visit to Anfield which he documented on social media.
The 34-year-old shared a video of him meeting ex-Liverpool striker Ian Rush who scored 346 goals during his time on Merseyside, more than any other player in the club’s history.
Nurmagomedov can be seen shaking hands and talking with Rush, but there’s no sound on the video to let us know what the two sporting icons had to say to each other.
Rush also shared a video and pictures from his meeting with the ex-UFC star who he labelled ‘a true gentleman’ after welcoming Khabib to his old stomping ground.
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However, this is not Khabib’s first time at Anfield, as he was part of the crowd during Liverpool’s match with Manchester City in October 2021.
Luckily, that game was much more entertaining and saw Mohamed Salah score an unbelievable solo goal that was cancelled out by Kevin De Bruyne who salvaged his side a 2-2 draw.
Nurmagomedov retired from the sport of MMA with an unusually perfect 29-0 record in 2020 after picking up high-profile wins over the likes of Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Since then, he’s stepped into coaching and has quickly become one of the most revered trainers in the sport after helping Islam Makhachev win his old 155lb belt.
Nurmagomedov recently announced that he will step back from MMA completely to focus on his family rather than flying around the globe to coach fighters.
It’s currently unclear what, if any, involvement he will have in Makachev’s first title defence against Alexander Volkanovski in Perth, Australia, on February 11.