‘I Never Expected Anything From Chimaev’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Finally Responds to Khamzat Chimaev’s ‘Tear Him Apart’ Comments

Published 05/31/2021, 2:48 AM EDT
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)


Former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov candidly responded to Khamzat Chimaev’s recent statements. Chiefly, ‘Borz’ expressed an interest to ‘tear apart’ Khabib Nurmagomedov, comments which didn’t sit well with Nurmagomedov’s fans and teammates. In fact, Eagles MMA associate and Nurmagomedov’s cousin, Abubakar, warned Chimaev to stay in line following his threat.

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While fans of ‘The Eagle’ were admonishing Khamzat Chimaev for his comments, Khabib Nurmagomedov himself had a temperate response. ‘The Eagle’ said that having never met Chimaev before, he maintained no relevance in his life. Additionally, Khabib Nurmagomedov said that Chimaev had a right to express his views as there was never any expectation from him.

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“I didn’t have any disappointment in Chimaev,” he said. “I have never seen this person. We talked with him on the phone a couple of times.”

“You know, disappointment happens when you expect something from a person, some kind of return. But I never expected anything from Chimaev. If he thinks [things], let him write – that is his right.” (via RT Sport)

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Keeping the same energy

Long-time supporters of Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t be surprised by his response to Chimaev’s threat. As Nurmagomedov’s profile continued to increase, he made sure to become a clean-cut representative for his region and people. Barring the infamous feud with Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov has mostly maintained a level-head.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier 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)

What’s more, some may say that his beef with McGregor was a catalyst for him to grow into his measured persona. In fact, these sentiments also shone through when responding to comments made by Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov claimed Nurmagomedov was a ‘UFC Project’. Some saw it as slight, but ‘The Eagle’ didn’t.

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“Every person has their own opinion, so let it be. I did not watch the live broadcast of Ramzan Kadyrov, I just read what you [media] write. How did I feel? Nothing. The whole world is discussing me. I do not see any insults in the expression ‘UFC project’.”

Fans will be interested to see how the situation between the aforementioned entities develops.

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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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