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Khabib Nurmagomedov Receives Contract Offer From Russian Professional Football Team

Khabib Nurmagomedov Receives Contract Offer From Russian Professional Football Team

UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov could officially join a Russian Professional Football League team, FC Kamaz, if he takes them up on their contract offer.

The 32-year-old retired unbeaten from MMA last year and has since playfully insisted he wants to become a pro footballer next, saying he's a "free agent" for any clubs.

Well, one club has responded and appears willing to give 'The Eagle' a chance to soar: in the third tier of Russian football, no less.

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FC Kamaz replied to Khabib's offer detailing a "number of reasons" why the Real Madrid fan should join the promotion-chasing PFL (Professional Football League) club.

"We offer you to make your football debut as part of our team," read the club statement, per RT Sport. "PFL is the football UFC... We play every match only to win [and are] an ambitious team with the task of entering the FNL."

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The FNL is the second tier of Russian football. Kamaz are currently fourth in their division, four points off top. The task of signing Khabib appears to have been made easier by the fact that Russia's PFL responded with a validation certificate, apparently approving the 29-0 MMA star to play.

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Kamaz, whose nickname translates as 'The Car Workers', are based in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny. Their 6,504 capacity Kamaz Stadium is around 1,300 miles from the Dagestan homeland of the UFC legend, which could prove an issue.

Still, as Khabib's friend Cristiano Ronaldo knows only too well: to make those professional football dreams a reality, you need to be willing to travel. And the league claim they are ready to receive Nurmagomedov.

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"We have prepared for you a certificate for [Khabib]," wrote the PFL, with regard to how quickly he can be registered. "If everything goes well, you just have to insert the date of issue."

A fun publicity stunt from the league and club? Or will we really see Nurmagomedov make his Professional Football League debut in the coming months?

If the latter proves true, we seriously hope no Russian third-tier teams get into an 11-man brawl with Kamaz in 2021. We hear their new signing is a bit handy.

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Football News, Football, Russian Football, UFC News, Mixed Martial Arts, UFC, MMA

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