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.
Vladimir Putin has 'set aside £7m to build school named after Khabib Nurmagomedov'
The new school will be in Dagestan - where the UFC lightweight champion Khabib was born
The UFC star's father (L) said Khabib asked Putin about providing funds for Dagestan schools
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 president congratulated Khabib after his win over Conor McGregor last 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.
Khabib will enter the octagon once again against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi on September 7
The Russian had to serve a nine-month suspension for sparking a brawl after McGregor fight
Khabib choked out McGregor in the fourth to defend his 155lbs title at the T-Mobile Arena