KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV would 'SMASH' John Cena if he were to ever set foot inside the wrestling ring, according to his manager Ali Abdelaziz.
The former UFC lightweight champion is currently enjoying his retirement from mixed martial arts, which he announced last October.
Nurmagomedov, 32, has been tipped to make a future appearance in the WWE universe.
Abdelaziz isn't opposed to the idea of the Russian entering the wrestling world but insists it would end badly for anyone brave enough to set foot inside the ring with The Eagle.
He told TMZ: "Let’s be real, [if] any of these soft steroid freaks wanted to go ahead and have a wrestling match with Khabib and they wanna get beat up for real, they know who they need to call".
"He’ll go there and he’ll smash John Cena’s face. No problem."
Nurmagomedov – who has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs – has been using his free time to help coach and corner his team-mates for their recent fights.
The Dagestani destroyer – who retired with a perfect 29-0 record – has so far gone 4-0 as a coach.
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Dominance MMA chief Abdelaziz said of Nurmagomedov's coaching: "He got no egos, he loves his friends, he loves his peers and he's there for them."
"You're gonna see a lot of new generation coming from his team.
"They're probably going to dominate the UFC or MMA in general."
Nurmagomedov reiterated his desire to stay retired last month during a dinner meeting with UFC president Dana White.
But the Dagestani destroyer admits he found it difficult to turn down the veteran promoter's advances, admitting: “It’s very hard to say no to Dana White.
"I’m going to be very honest because this guy, sometimes he is nice. Sometimes he is not nice. Sometimes he says one thing.
"It was very honest, real talk with two real men. This is what I feel.
"In the last meeting, he come and say, ‘Hey, what are we going to do?’
"I say, ‘Nothing changed. Nothing changed.’ I think, my opinion, lightweight division has to go on. I don’t want to hold (the) division.”
Although White was relentless with his bid to lure Nurmagomedov out of retirement, the thought never seriously crossed the mind of Russia's first UFC champion.
He told ESPN: “(I never contemplated a return after retiring). Dana called this official, but I retired like four, six months ago.
“It’s very funny. Dana told me when he posted that someone commented saying, ‘Hey, he retired not today, he retired about five months ago,’ and I was like it’s funny.
"We had some conversations with Dana a couple of times and like two days ago we meet with him to talk like two real men.
"We had a very good conversation with them, good dinner, and I really appreciated him not only for me, but all the sport."
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