“I’m gonna be happy”

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Former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed he currently weighs around 205 pounds since retiring from professional mixed martial arts in October 2020. And insists he is happy to walk around the light heavyweight limit and drinking Pepsi after a tedious weight-cutting career.

Khabib, a former undisputed lightweight champion under the UFC banner, ended his career after a successful title unification win over former interim titleholder Justin Gaethje back in the UFC 254 – going 29-0 as a pro.

Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals significant weight gain since retiring in 2020

A career lightweight, Khabib, a trainee at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., recently revealed that in the two years since his retirement from active competition, he is currently walking around the area of the light heavyweight limit of 205 pounds.

“I weigh 205 pounds now, maybe 204 pounds in the morning if I don’t have dessert the night before,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said at a Human Appeal charity event. “When I was an active fighter, I was around 190 pounds and I cut the weight down to 155 pounds. I finished my career, I gained about five pounds, but I can’t do anything with it.

It was one of the hardest things in my life to stay away from food even now,” Khabib Nurmagomedov explained. “It was harassed because for 15 years I was on a diet, maybe more. To gain weight, I had to diet all my life. Being a religious person, we have to stay away many things. When food hits the table, sometimes you want to enjoy it. I have to train every day for five hours to get back to 86 kilos (190 pounds), or I can live a life I’m going to be happy and drink Pepsi (Transcribed by Bloody Elbow)

During his pro career, Khabb tipped the lightweight limit for a 2013 fight against Abel Trujillo, while the Dagestan native was criticized for not weighing in ahead of an interim UFC title fight. 209, with longtime rival Tony Ferguson amusingly pushing Khabib for consuming tiramisu the day before the weigh-ins.

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