‘What They Doing Night Before the Match’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Details Conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba Before their Match

Published 10/04/2021, 2:28 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after teammate Islam Makhachev’s victory against Thiago Moises in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC champion Khabib Numagomedov visited famed soccer stadium Old Trafford, in Manchester, England for a home game of Manchester United. ‘The Eagle’ is a massive fan of soccer and he’s expressed an interest to compete in the game professionally. This was Nurmagomedov’s first time at the historic stadium and he was interviewed in the stands prior to kick-off.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov detailed an interaction he had with megastar players Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba of Manchester United. All three men are titans in their own right and the ideo of a conversation between them sends shivers down the spines of all sports fans.

Nurmagomedov revealed that he had some pre-game exchanges with both men where they detailed their process of preparation before a game.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 08: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with fans during a Q&A session prior to the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at CSKA Arena on November 08, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Yes, yesterday we talked little bit and we discussed about today match but they say today they going to be on bench but second half they going to come in, you know. Pogba, world champion, Cristiano is a legend, European champion.”

“How many times he won the championship league. It was honor to talk to them before the match. It was very interesting for me like how they’re feeling, what energy, what they doing before the match, like night before the match. Because I’m athlete too and I have this feeling and it was very interesting how football player feeling.”

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Life after fighting for Khabib Nurmagomedov

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The Russian mauler has kept himself very busy in the year since he announced his retirement. Nurmagomedov has ventured into coaching and has managed to build up a stable of promising prospects across the sport.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Abubakar Nurmagomedov of Russia has his hands wrapped prior to his fight as his cousin and former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov looks on during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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Additionally, he’s successfully launched Eagle FC promotion and has been instrumental in building up the Russian MMA scene. Nurmagomedov continues to excel at everything he does and fans have taken notice of his every move.

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Given his interest in soccer, Khabib Nurmagomedov will also pull in a large fanbase from the soccer community. This will only help to build up his status as an icon across sports and also allow him to launch himself into other ventures.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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