FORMER UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has bought shares in mixed martial arts' premier promotion.
The undefeated Nurmagomedov walked away from the UFC last October after beating Justin Gaethje on Fight Island, emotionally retiring in the octagon after registering his 29th professional victory.
Russia's first UFC champion has since turned his attention to his numerous business ventures.
But he's made sure to capitalise on the UFC's parent company, Endeavour, becoming a publicly traded entity.
When asked if he'd acquired shares in the company, Nurmagomedov said: "Who gave you this information?
"Yes, I am already there.
"[The] UFC has already gone to IPO and I have some part of the shares."
The Eagle was then asked if his status as a shareholder permits him to 'lobby for 'something' in the promotion.
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The 32-year-old replied: "Yes it is [possible].
"We discussed this topic with Dana White in a lot of our meetings.
"I see great prospects for [the] UFC.
"They went to IPO and they have very great prospects."
When asked if the UFC brass gave him shares, Nurmagomedov replied: "I don't like gifts.
"We can say that I bought UFC stock. This will be true."
Nurmagomedov's revealing of his acquisition of UFC shares comes a few days after he was reported to have signed a contract to play professional football.
Last week, RT claimed the Dagestani destroyer had inked a deal with Russian third division side FC Legion Dynamo.
FC Legion further fuelled the speculation by posting a picture of Nurmagomedov shaking the hand of their president Shamil Lakhiyalov with what appeared to be a contract on the table.
Their accompanying caption read: "Our Legion is waiting for a great battle, for which we need great warriors.
"Getting ready to host the RPL team with Khabib Nurmagomedov."
Nurmagomedov's manager, however, has rubbished the claim, recently tweeting: "Fake news."
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