Vladimir Putin, the longtime president of the Russian Federation, has reportedly allocated a 600 million ruble budget to build a new school in Dagestan named after Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The news was first revealed by Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, during an interview with the Teacher’s Newspaper. According to Abdulmanap, the project took shape after his son asked the president to increase the funding for education within Dagestan.
“Khabib recently contacted [Putin] by phone, and following this appeal, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin signed a decree allocating about 600 million rubles to the Republic of Dagestan to open a school named after Khabib Nurmagomedov. I hope that this money will go to its intended purpose, which is the opportunity to learn better, educate, give results. We will work on it.”
Following Nurmagomedov’s UFC 229 victory against Conor McGregor, Nurmagomedov embarked on a victory tour a stop at a sports forum in Ulyanovsk, where he and his father, Abdulmanap, met with Putin. The Russian president congratulated Nurmagomedov on his victory before moving on to discuss the post-fight brawl. He condemned Nurmagomedov’s actions before explaining that Russia is a “big and diverse family” and that “if we are attacked from the outside… there could be hell to pay.” Their conversation was later broadcast on national television.
Nurmagomedov is scheduled to defend his UFC lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. The event will take place on September 7 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.