Khabib Nurmagomedov Made the Entire Restaurant Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ Says Josh Thomson

Published 09/18/2021, 4:47 PM EDT
KAZAN, RUSSIA MAY 29, 2021: Retired MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov (R), who held the UFC Lightweight title from April 2018 to March 2021, attends EFC 36 Eagle Fighting Championship at Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)


Josh Thomson, the former Strikeforce World Lightweight Champion, has accomplished a great deal. Thomson was a strong contender in the UFC and has fought in other MMA organizations, such as Bellator MMA and Strikeforce. Thomson is a champion who has had a fantastic career and has provided us with some exciting battles. In January 2020, ‘The Punk’ announced his retirement from professional combat after a 19-year professional MMA career. His friendship with Khabib Nurmagomedov has also been the subject of many conversations in the MMA circle.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters to step into the octagon and leave on a flawless 29-0 record. Khabib throughout his journey has made some bitter enemies and some good friends as well. One of them being Josh Thomson.

Their friendship goes a long way. We’ve seen Josh corner for Nurmagomedov in the past as well.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner 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)

Thomson talks about his favorite Khabib Nurmagomedov story

Josh Thomson recently appeared in a Helen Yee interview and shared one of his favorite experiences with his close friend Khabib Nurmagomedov. Thomson was in Khabib’s corner for the fight against Pat Healy in Chicago. He recalls going to a restaurant where the servers knew Nurmagomedov and offered him a cake for his birthday.

They knew, so they bought him out like some desert and they were singing him happy birthday. And he had heard that it was my birthday and so what he did was, he had the whole restaurant sing me my happy birthday song as well.” Thomson said.

“From then on we kind of bonded and became friends, and that was kind of the moment that I realized that I really really enjoyed not just training with him but just being around him as an individual as a person,”- Josh Thomson on his favorite moment with Khabib.

 

Throwback to when Josh stood up for Nurmagomedov

Josh Thompson, a former UFC fighter, has a strong friendship with his friend Khabib Nurmagomedov. Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory against Justin Gaethje, Nate Diaz tweeted a confusing ’29-1,’ although Nurmagomedov has never lost a fight in his professional career. He said this to diss the Russian.

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Josh Thomson then stood up for his friend on Twitter, trolling the Stockton native with a hilarious response. He was the first one to knock out Diaz in UFC history.

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Nate Diaz was referring to an argument he had with Khabib at a World Series of Fighting event in 2015. Khabib was present at the event to corner his cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who was fighting Diaz’s partner, Jake Shields. During the altercation, Khabib and Nate Diaz had a heated exchange of words, which resulted in Diaz slapping the Russian, who did not hit back.

It’s nice to observe the two former fighters’ friendship. It’s a big hit with the crowd. Both of them have left unforgettable performances for fans to remember over their careers and will go down as greats in the sport of MMA.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect to the game.

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