Retired UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov and former soccer legend Clarence Seedorf team up in a humorous new advert for Etihad Airlines to promote their flights to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Quatar later this year.
Khabib and Seedorf aren’t just pairing up for the ad as they are actually business partners in real life, having started a soccer (football) management agency in addition to an academy that combines soccer and martial arts training.
In addition to being considered one of MMA’s all-time greats, Khabib is also known to be a soccer fanatic and even left the door open to transition to the sport after retiring from the UFC.
“If some clubs, they make me an offer, like, they make me (interested), I’m gonna accept this,” Khabib said at the time. “Because this is my childhood dream. I love football. I have followed football since when I was kid, when I was child. This is my first love.
“Football is on another level. MMA, I like MMA. I like fighting, I like competition with people, with the best fighters in the world. But football, for me, is [the] best sport.”