‘Most Unnecessary People in MMA’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Makes a Bizarre Statement on Ring Girls of Combat Sports

Published 08/24/2021, 12:22 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is interviewed after his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Retired UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov recently appeared for an interview where he gave his opinion on the presence of ring girls during fights. ‘The Eagle’, who had many moments in his career where he shared the stage with the ring girls, was critical of their involvement during fights.

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Khabib on UFC ring girls

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: UFC Octagon Girl Red Dela Cruz introduces a round during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In a tweet shared by an MMA fan, The Dagestani juggernaut’s words were translated as, “Ring girls are the most unnecessary people in MMA. What function do they bring? You turn on the TV and you see it’s the second. Why are they walking there?”

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“Let’s say I’m sitting there with my father. Everyone has their preferences and cultures. I sit with my father and those people walk by showing that it’s the second round. No one looks at that, and I’m not comfortable sitting there with my father,” he added.

For the records, every combat sport has its own set of ring girls representing their sports. The largest MMA promotion, UFC, also has the ring girls sharing the stage with fighters. They make their appearances during weigh-in events, and during fights, they signal the particular round the fight would be entering. Some of the famous ring girls are Chrissy Blair, Arianny Celeste, and Brittney Palmer, etc.

The strength behind Khabib’s words could be measured from the fact that once a ring girl covered herself totally so that ‘The Eagle’ won’t feel uncomfortable. The incident happened when Khabib made his presence during an OFS promotion event. One of the ring girls, Anna Galochkina, had to cover herself to end Khabib’s distress.

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UFC lightweight star and Khabib’s close pal, Islam Makhachev has grown leaps and bounds since his debut in UFC. His fighting style, coupled with a calm personality, has always raised comparisons with Khabib. Now that the latter has retired, the baton of Dagestani dominance has been passed on to him.

During a recent press conference, where Khabib signed a multi-year contract with Gorilla Energy, ‘The Eagle’ explained how Islam is catching up with him.

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“Islam is very close to becoming a champion,” Khabib said. “You can make a comparison. When I was growing up, I looked up to Shamil Zavurov. He was much older than me, but we were the same weight. I reached for his level.”

“Time flies. And no matter who you are and when it’s gone, it’s gone. I trained alongside Shamil and tried to catch up to him. Now Islam’s catching up to me, and Usman is catching up to him,” he added.

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After watching UFC talents from close quarters, Khabib is the best person to measure a fighter’s caliber. And Islam is certainly on the path of becoming a champion like Khabib.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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