Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains How Street Fights in America Are Different From Russian Street Fights

Published 07/02/2021, 2:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts following a post-fight incident during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, sat down for an interview with UFC Russia. He discussed many things, along with the UFC 249 debate he had with Tony Ferguson about street fights. Nurmagomedov explained how street fights in Russia and in the USA are different.

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‘The Eagle’ said, “First of all, I didn’t discuss that with Tony. He tried to say something about street fights. I told him there was no need to mix sports and this. However, I gave a little hint that a street fight in America isn’t the same thing in Russia. If you fight in a street in America, you’re kinda insane. It’s not what normal people do there, so don’t talk about something you don’t know. He tried to look better in the field he is not that good. I told him that. You saw it.”

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Re your second question. I think it is possible for an athlete without a street background,” he added.

Ceaser once said: Exercise and discipline lead to courage… If you are disciplined and you train everyday, it allows you to temper your body and your mind. So, even if you never took part in street fights, but you are disciplined, you train everyday and you do it professionaly-well done. But if you have this mixed kind of background though, it’s a real storm. It can boost your results even more.”

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His comments will certainly serve as food for thought for fans.

Will Khabib Nurmagomedov ever return to the UFC?

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Nurmagomedov announced retirement from the UFC after successfully defending his belt against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. He touted the passing of his father as the main reason behind his decision and hasn’t competed inside the UFC Octagon since. Earlier this year, he vacated his belt and let the division progress.

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)

The Eagle‘, currently busy promoting his organization Eagle FC, is not expected to be back in the UFC ever again. And given that he is a man of his words, MMA fans can take those words as a guarantee.

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