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Khabib Nurmagomedov sends 3-word message to Islam Makhachev’s gym after announcing return to corner for Dustin Poirier fight at UFC 302

Khabib Nurmagomedov left the world of MMA almost three years ago. But it seems “The Eagle” still cherishes his memories. Nurmagomedov recently took to social media to send a message to his colleagues at American Kickboxing Academyincluding his friend and brother, former double champion, Daniel Cormier.

The rumors regarding a possible return of Khabib Nurmagomedov as coach never seem to stop. Now that his protégé Islam Makhachev prepares to defend his title against his old rival, Dustin Poiriereveryone talks about the legend of 29-0 becoming the reigning champion at UFC 302. But Nurmagomedov did not respond to these rumors, instead he shared a message about training at AKA.

Khabib Nurmagomedov remembers his training days

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Recently, ‘DC’ shared a video on social media of him at AKA, monitoring fighters engaged in a training session. Nurmagomedov was struck by nostalgia when he came across Cormier’s video and shared a message with his former teammate. “I miss my home (AKA).” wrote Khabib Nurmagomedov on his Instagram account.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the American Kickboxing Academy’s many world-class MMA exports. The San Jose-based gym is home to some of the most notable UFC world champions. The list includes figures like Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquezand, of course, Nurmagomedov’s protégé and reigning 155-pound stalwart, Islam Makhachev.

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However, his absence from the gym doesn’t exactly mean we’ll see him in action again in the foreseeable future. The numerous rumors that he could return to action over the past few months have all been dismissed by ‘The Eagle’. But is there any truth to the speculation that Nurmagomedov will corner his protégé on June 1? Let’s explore this possibility.

Is “The Eagle” coming back to corner Islam Makhachev?

Islam Makhachev’s biggest career fight at UFC 302 will also be his first title defense against a true 155-pound fighter who has cemented his legacy in the division. His opponent Dustin Poirier has failed to become the undisputed king of the division in the past and has only gotten his hands on the interim belt once.

Meanwhile, his mentor previously fought “The Diamond” during his time in the UFC and he appears to be sharing his knowledge on Poirier’s fighting tactics back home in Dagestan.

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Both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev shared some snaps of themselves working out and hitting the mats in the gym. in Kislovodsk, Russia. The latter even admitted that all his Dagestani teammates had started working with the “the head coach,” referring to his mentor.

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“The Eagle” seems to have full confidence in Makhachev and knows that he will score a goal against the seasoned Dustin Poirier on June 1. However, speculation about him cornering his protégé seems to be nothing more than speculation since we’re still up to speed on whether he’ll be at UFC 302 or not.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, just like Conor McGregor, is such a star in the MMA world that fans just want to see more of him. We’ll have to wait and see if he really surprises the fans and makes an unexpected return at UFC 302. This will also be an opportunity for Islam Makhachev to silence his critics and continue his winning streak to make a name for himself and an even greater impact. as his mentor.