Dana White Reveals Khabib Nurmagomedov Was “Pis*ed Off” Despite His HOF Announcement at UFC 272 – Here’s Why

Published 03/06/2022, 5:04 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA FEBRUARY 9, 2021: MMA fighter, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attends EFC 33 Eagle Fighting Championship at Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

UFC has inducted Khabib Nurmagomedov into the UFC Hall of Fame. The Russian MMA fighter retired from the sport two years ago after setting huge bars for his peers to touch. During the UFC 272 PPV, the UFC made the announcement. However, it didn’t please Nurmagomedov much.

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UFC President Dana White talked to the media after the UFC 272 spectacle.

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The UFC President revealed how Nurmagomedov acted throughout the night. White said, “He was p**sed off tonight, I don’t know what happened to Khabib tonight, I kept telling him what p**sed you off tonight.”

When the reporter suggested that it was possibly due to Tim Elliott’s win over Nurmagomedov’s teammate, White agreed and said, “Yeah, yeah, I think that might be it too”

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Earlier, Elliott got a unanimous decision win over Tagir Ulanbekov in the prelims of UFC 272. However, many think the fight was closer than the judges’ scorecard.

Perhaps it was the reason for Nurmagomedov‘s resentment. Nevertheless, his induction into the Hall of Fame was inevitable and should be celebrated.

A well deserved Hall of Fame inductee, Khabib Nurmagomedov

‘The Eagle’, on his arrival to UFC, demolished the UFC’s lightweight division. During his early days, the experts touted him as a championship-caliber fighter. Though he had early success in the UFC, his health wasn’t on his side. However, when he came back, he worked his way to the lightweight championship.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nurmagomedov took the belt and now holds the record for the longest reigning champion in division’s history to date. Also, he is tied with Tony Ferguson for the most consecutive wins in the lightweight division history, 12-fight win streak.

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This undefeated fighter barely lost rounds and exchanges inside the octagon. Furthermore, he carried himself like a champion outside the octagon. Thus, it was a rightful call from the UFC.

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What do you make of the whole situation? Why was ‘The Eagle’ not happy, even after getting inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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