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Khabib Nurmagomedov Offering to Help Will Smith “Cut Weight” Much Before His Oscars Slap at Chris Rock

Published 04/23/2022, 11:05 AM EDT

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Will Smith met Khabib Nurmagomedov a couple of years ago in Dubai’s NAS sports complex, where Khabib Nurmagomedov trains whenever he or one of his teammates, Islam Makhachev, Umar Nurmagomedov, has a fight in the UAE. Nurmagomedov shocked Will Smith with his past rigorous weight-cutting expeditions.

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Nurmagomedov, being excited, hopped into Hollywood star Will Smith asking, “You cut weight”


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 Being a mixed martial arts enthusiast and having acted in boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s biopic, he flaunts a decent physique for a 53-year-old adult, Smith replied graciously, ‘oh yeah’

‘The Eagle’ recounted his career and said, “In my all professional career I check I cut almost 800 kilos.”Amazed by his statement Smith replied, “That’s crazy”.

The Dagestan fighter went on, adding, “If you need cutting weight, just let me know,”. To which Smith retorted, “I know yeah, yes exactly”

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Will Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards after being angered by a joke made about his wife, Jada Pinkett, has elicited reactions from most UFC fighters.

Fans have linked it to Nurmagomedov’s previous Instagram post with Will Smith, garnering the post a million additional likes. ‘The Eagle’ has a large number of Instagram followers (33 million as of February 2022).

“It was nice to meet you Legend @willsmith I’m waiting for you in Dagestan.”

Despite his retirement from the sport, the Russian continues to wield significant influence in the mixed martial arts community. While his post-retirement life is filled with more ambitious goals.

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‘The Eagle’ is poised to soar higher than he was before. After his father’s death, he retired with a remarkable unbeaten record in the UFC  (29-0). He declared his retirement after successfully defending his lightweight championship against Justin Gaethje in UFC 254.

After his retirement, he became a full-time coach with a quest to develop exceptional fighters. Islam Makhachev (UFC) and Umar Nurmagomedov (UFC) are among his students, despite the fact that the squad is larger than projected. Featuring UFC and Bellator MMA fighters.


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To the delight of his fans, he purchased the Gorilla Fighting Championship and renamed it the Eagle Fighting Championship. As the promotion’s founder, he has managed to bring in well-known personalities such as Kevin Lee and Diego Sanchez. Furthermore, in the most recent fights, popular UFC analyst Chael Sonnen served as a commentator.


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EFC had its events seen massive success in Europe and moved to North America.

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Nurmagomedov’s weight-loss record clearly impressed Smith. Would he seek out ‘The Eagle’ in the future for any MMA training or weight-cutting process?

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Vinay Vinod


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Vinay Vinod is a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. As a state-level amateur kickboxer and a national-level karate athlete, he prides himself on his ability to read fighters and make an in-depth analysis into the fight styles of athletes across traditional martial arts and combat sports. Considering Vinay's martial arts background, he is an ardent supporter of Israel Adesanya, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, and Lyoto Machida.
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