Khabib Nurmagomedov has undergone visible weight gain since retiring in 2020 from all the fighting platforms following the death of his father. While he seems to have gained some weight, Khabib is still seen in the octagon but as an instructor. However, he does not maintain his weight like he used to. Fans wonder if Khabib Nurmagomedov still trains. Let's have a discussion on Khabib's weight gain in 2022. Also, have a glimpse at Joe Rogan defending Khabib's fighting style.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is a retired Russian mixed martial artist who competed in judo, wrestling, sambo, and other disciplines. The UFC fighter is well recognized for having the longest unbroken record in mixed martial arts (MMA), with 29 victories.
Khabib competed in the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) lightweight category and was the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, holding the belt from April 2018 to March 2021.
From an early age, Khabib was trained in martial arts and got an interest in the same after watching his father instruct his students. He was a world champion in combat sambo, an International Master of Sports in Army Hand-to-Hand Combat, and an International Master of Sports in Pankration.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has won championships in a variety of sports, including mixed martial arts, sambo, grappling, and pankration. He has over 33 million Instagram followers, making him the most followed Russian.
As expected, Khabib has been out of shape since his retirement. Recently, there have been conversations about his weight gain which is why we've brought you everything we know about Khabib's transformation.
Khabib's Weight Gain in 2022
Since his retirement in 2020, which came after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken up instructing. He concluded his career with a 29-0 record, and despite UFC president Dana White's best efforts, he was unable to return to the Octagon.
Since retiring from the UFC as the unbeaten lightweight world champion, Khabib (@khabib_nurmagomedov) has blown off his weight gain.
In February 2022, Nurmagomedov said that Bobby Green made jokes about his sudden weight gain after the fight, asking how he ever made lightweight. Khabib said,
He come to me, he come too close and said, Hey, you was lightweight? Something like this you know.
Nurmagomedov was approached with several opportunities to return to the octagon following his emotional retirement in October 2020 after defeating Justin Gaethje, but he had no desire in doing so.
Dana White, the UFC's president, wanted him to have one final fight to reach 30-0 against one of the division's best lightweights, but no match or amount of money could convince him to return.
When Nurmagomedov declined the fight, he was offered a prestigious boxing exhibition against Floyd Mayweather, who later chose to fight YouTube celebrity, Logan Paul, instead.
During a post-fight TV interview with current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, Makhachev joked that if Nurmagomedov returned, it would most likely be in his division, not lightweight. His before and after pictures clearly show that he has gained some weight significantly.
Many have speculated throughout the years that this is Khabib's natural weight when he is not fighting. Unfortunately, because his face was no longer gaunt, several people criticized him for being overweight after he retired. However, Khabib continues to train even though he is retired.
Joe Rogan Defends Khabib's Fighting Style During Conversation with Bobby Green
During his interview with UFC lightweight Bobby Green, Joe Rogan supported Khabib Nurmagomedov's fighting style.
In episode #121 of the JRE MMA Show, Rogan featured the veteran octagon fighter as a guest. Green said during their conversation that he doesn't enjoy watching Khabib fight because the Dagestani's suffocating, wrestling-heavy technique bores him.
For the same reason, Green admitted that Khabib isn't the best fighter of all time (GOAT). At that time, Rogan stepped in to defend the former lightweight champion, claiming:
"How would you say that Khabib didn't do it the best when he retires undefeated, he destroys everybody, barely loses a round?"
Green reiterated that style points are important to him when deciding who is the GOAT, to which the veteran UFC analyst responded:
"Style points? I love that style! That style was 'smesh'. That's his style. You don't think that's exciting? Khabib's fights?"