‘Don’t Talk About Father or About Wife’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Sends a Warning to All the UFC Fighters

Published 07/14/2021, 2:00 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission 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)


Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto following UFC 264 that went down in Vegas. ‘The Eagle’ had plenty of thoughts on the main event that took place between two former competitors. Nurmagomedov’s rival, Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier via TKO due to Doctor’s stoppage after breaking his leg in the first round.

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In the lead-up to the fight and once the fight had concluded, McGregor fired shots at Poirier and his wife. ‘Notorious’ also threatened the lives of both Poirier and his wife Jolie and this didn’t sit well with many people. Conor McGregor drew widespread criticism from several notable figures in the MMA world in the immediate aftermath of the fight.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov was in the camp that believe McGregor went too far with his recent trash-talking antics. In his sit-down with Okamoto, Nurmagomedov spoke about MMA being a sport rooted in respect and advocated for drawing a line with trash talking. Furthermore, he also listed off certain topics that he believes should be off-limits.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje 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)

“If you want to promote you fight, promote but don’t talk about father, ‘I’m going to kill you’, or about wife like you cannot talk about this. If MMA community going to support like bad people then this sport going to go like bad way. This is Mixed Martial Arts, first of all respect.”

“I don’t want to say nothing about trash talk or something like some people doing like they own trash talk and they try to promote that fight. Some trash talk I support but we have to know you cannot go like family, wives, father, religion. This is not to promote fights, this is a little bit dangerous.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 17: Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 246 weigh-in at Park Theater at Park MGM on January 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Khabib Nurmagomedov has operated like a consummate professional throughout his MMA career by all accounts. Barring his run-in with McGregor in 2018, it would be hard to argue to Nurmagomedov hasn’t practiced what he’s preached. His words will certainly have a long-standing impact on fighters who are coming up in the sport.

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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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