The first Eagle FC card on American soil is today (Friday), and promoter Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t afraid to ruffle any feathers.
The former UFC Lightweight kingpin has better insight than most regarding the trials and tribulations of being a professional fighter and working under the UFC banner.
“Big organizations like UFC, Bellator, they have to be careful with their fighters because Eagle FC is here,” Nurmagomedov said. “Of course, we’re trying to sign good athletes, great athletes with good names. At the same time, we’re working with the young generation too. We have two goals. I just want to say be careful. If they don’t treat good fighters, Eagle FC is here.”
Again, Eagle FC’s move to holding shows in the US is very new, so it has only recently become a more accessible option for known names like Kevin Lee and Rashad Evans. Still, Nurmagomedov has already managed to enact some change, pointing to the additional 165 lbs. weight class many UFC fighters have called for over the years as a benefit for the athletes.
“I understand this game (from the) inside,” Nurmagomedov said. “I was a professional fighter last twelve years. I hear from a lot of fighters that they really want weight classes at 155, 65, 75, and 85. When I opened this Eagle FC, like, why can’t I do this? Let’s build some new history.”
Eagle FC 44 goes today (Friday, Jan. 28) inside FLXcast Arena in Miami Florida and features a Heavyweight main event clash between Tyrone Spong and Sergei Kharitonov.