HILARIOUS! Khabib Nurmagomedov Illegally Streams Kevin Holland’s UFC Fight on Instagram as Dana White Watches On

Published 03/21/2021, 2:11 AM EDT


Former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, was in attendance at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas for the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland. ‘The Eagle’ was streaming the middleweight main event fight between Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland on his Instagram live.

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As he ended his live video, Nurmagomedov said, ‘My Russian followers, sorry about my English.‘ ‘The Eagle’ recently c0nfirmed his retirement from the sport and the UFC has finally moved on from him as the champion. Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will fight for the vacant lightweight belt at UFC 262.

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However, the fact that Nurmagomedov was streaming the fight on social media, was ironic in many aspects as UFC President Dana White has repeatedly indicated that he is looking to catch illegal streamers and punish them. But one can guess ‘The Eagle’ escaped White’s blacklist, as he can certainly stream fights anytime he wants.

One half of the main-event, Holland, noticed Nurmagomedov’s presence in the audience alongside Dana White. ‘Trailblazer’ kept asking the undefeated Dagestani for wrestling advice as he was being out-wrestled by Brunson during the fight.

Brunson outclassed ‘Trailblazer’ during the fight as the veteran put his grappling prowess on display. He put the rising star on his back in every round of the fight. Holland didn’t have too many moments in the contest. However, he rocked Brunson in the second round and registered a takedown in the last round of the bout.

What’s next for Khabib Nurmagomedov after confirming retirement?

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Nurmagomedov’s days as an active competitor in the UFC are over. But, it would be hard to imagine ‘The Eagle‘ walking away from the sport altogether. He has been a lifelong martial artist. So, the Russian will look to still keep himself connected to it, maybe even as a coach. It remains to be seen if he will remain a part of the promotion in some other way.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Nurmagomedov’s teammate, Islam Makhachev, is on the rise in the lightweight division. ‘The Eagle’ has been a part of Makhachev’s corners and camps so far. Hence, one can imagine he will only carry on upon that role, as his invaluable experience will be a great support for the emerging lightweight.

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What did you make of Nurmagomedov’s impromptu stream? Will he look to do the same in the future?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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