Khabib Nurmagomedov is said to be a ‘big star’ within WWE, Drew McIntyre believes as a wrestler supporting the retired UFC champion to switch successfully because he is ‘so talented’.
Khabib Nurmagomedov made a name for himself in mixed martial arts as a phenomenal wrestler and now he is backed as a potential ‘big star’ within WWE should he ever consider moving there.
Nurmagomedov shocked the UFC world when he announced that he was retiring from the sport after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October 2020.
There was hope that the lightweight champion would reverse his decision, but the Russian ruled out that idea earlier this month.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (right) will be backed as a hit within the WWE when he joins
Nurmagomedov officially retired from the UFC this month, ruling out a return in the future
Wrestler Drew McIntyre believes Nurmagomedov would be a ‘big star’ if he joined the WWE
And professional wrestler Drew McIntyre believes Nurmagomedov should consider joining him in the WWE because he is a natural – especially with the help of promoter Paul Heyman.
“He’s so talented I think he can make some noise. And if he can’t make the sound himself, we’ve got Paul Heyman, ”he said TMZ Sports
“We have some talented people who can carry the burden when it comes to talking. But yes, he is such a great performer in the UFC. If he can’t quite figure out that part, we’ll make it work.
That’s what it’s all about. I think fans would be very excited to see him.
‘I get it [Conor] McGregor also opposed him, trying to talk some shit to lure him back into the game. McGregor gets it, but Khabib is so talented. He would figure it out and be a big star for us too. ‘
Nurmagomedov’s last fight in the UFC came at UFC 254 with a win over Justin Gaethje
Nurmagomedov wouldn’t be the first UFC star to crossover the two sports. Brock Lesnar made his WWE debut in 2002 before joining the UFC in 2007 and downshifting in 2012. He then fought in the UFC again in 2016, but was suspended for a year after testing positive for clomiphene.
UFC President Dana White also offered former WWE wrestler CM Punk, real name Phillip Brooks, an opportunity within his promotion.
Brooks had limited MMA experience, which he revealed when he lost both of his fights within the UFC. The first was an entry for Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September 2016 and the second was for Mike Jackson unanimously at UFC 225 on June 9, 2018.
Brock Lesnar (left) and CM Punk are two athletes who participated in the WWE and the UFC