From being an undisputed UFC champion just a year ago, Khabib Nurmagomedov is now happily retired and pursuing other endeavors. Early this month, the 33-year-old launched his very own MMA promotion organization, Eagle FC.
Eagle FC has so far signed former UFC champions and title contenders and is looking to expand its roster with a few other big names in the game. But despite a good start, so far, UFC president Dana White had these words of precaution for “The Eagle.”
“He’s gonna find out what it’s like to be on the other side and it’s not as fun as it seems. He’s gonna learn,” White said of Khabib. “If he doesn’t know, he’s gonna know.”
“If he calls me and wants advice, I would absolutely give him advice. But yeah, I think he’s gonna learn the hard way.”
As one of White’s longtime rivals, Oscar De La Hoya somehow got wind of the UFC boss’ comments. And he had this tweet to offer as a response.
@TeamKhabib I’ve been a promoter in boxing for 20 years and promoted all the best including Mayweather Pacquiao Canelo. It’s not complicated you go and do your thing, MMA fighters deserve to get payed fairly. I’m in your corner.— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) December 20, 2021
De La Hoya has been a boxing promoter since 2002 with his very own Golden Boy Promotions and has achieved relative success. In 2018, he ventured into mixed martial arts promotion with an event headlined by a trilogy bout between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.