Russian President Vladimir Putin
has reportedly approved a £7million proposal to build a new school in Dagestan to be named after reigning UFC
lightweight world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The 30-year-old, who recently signed a lucrative new multi-fight deal with the UFC, was personally congratulated by Putin last year following his brutal victory over Conor McGregor
Khabib's father, Abdulmanap, claimed his son asked Putin if it would be possible to plough extra funds into the education system in Dagestan — where the UFC star was born — during last year's meeting.
Abdulmanap told the Teacher's Newspaper
this week: 'After Khabib's appeal, Vladimir Putin signed a decree allocating about 600 million rubles (£7.3m) to the Republic of Dagestan to open a school named after Khabib Nurmagomedov.'
He added: 'I hope that this money will go for its intended purpose and we will have the opportunity to better learn, educate, give results. We will work on this.'
Khabib has not fought since stopping Irish sensation McGregor via submission in the fourth round of their bad blood clash back in early October.
The Russian was given a nine-month ban and fined £380,000 of his fight purse for sparking the infamous brawl in the seconds after his victory.
McGregor was given a backdated six-month ban and comparatively fined a measly £38,000 for his role in the melee.
Khabib returns to action later this year when he looks to unify his lightweight title against interim champion Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi on September 7 while McGregor has expressed a desire for a rematch with his rival.