Khabib Nurmagomedov had a dialogue with the press in the last hours and referred to the legacy of Muhammad Ali. The latter, known at the beginning of his career as Cassius Clay, was an American boxer, one of the best of all time. Of course, there are always comparisons among the best, but the Russian UFC fighter does not feel “appropriate” to be put on a par with the American ex-man.
«I like that people compare us, but I think it is inappropriate. All the things he did outside the ring, you can’t compare me to them. In fact, at the time he was a champion. It was another race, and at that time in America, blacks were mistreated. And according to their stories, it wasn’t even served in restaurants. He threw away the gold medal. The attitude towards his race changed a lot, so we cannot be compared, “he said. Nurmagomedov.
First fight without his father and coach
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father and coach of the Russian fighter, passed away just over two months ago, after being in critical condition due to coronavirus. “I will miss you, Father,” was what he wrote Khabib on their social networks for a long time. You were a father, friend, brother and coach in one person. You taught me almost everything I know. I hope you have been happy with me. The satisfaction of parents is the satisfaction of Allah, “he added.
Your next match
UFC 254 will be your next screen, where Khabib Nurmagomedov he will have to break with the pain he feels for the loss of his father. The Russian champion (28-0-0) will appear to defend the lightweight (70kg) belt against Justin Gaethje (22-2-0). Without a doubt, an American who can defeat him. Clearly you will see it in what will surely be one of the greatest demands you have ever had. Thus, the event of the year is presented.
In this way, Khabib He took the opportunity to intimidate his next opponent: “Justin is a very nice guy and a good opponent for me, but when the door to the octagon closes, he will have to be ready not only for a boxing match. I’m not Dustin (Poirier) or Tony (Ferguson). I will take it to the deepest ocean and drown it. ” Nurmagomedov He last saw action at UFC 242 in September 2019, where he finished off Dustin Poirier in the third round.