Khabib Nurmagomedov Posts Game of Throne Replica of the Iron Throne with Himself on It

Published 01/06/2021, 9:02 AM EST
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)


UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most influential MMA fighters when it comes to the social media space. Nurmagomedov has garnered attention through his posts that are oftentimes rather straightforward and to the point. Chiefly, other fighters and personalities who tend to pop off seemingly go out of their way to get a conversation rolling.

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A key part of his appeal certainly comes from his in-cage performances that have captured the attention of fans. ‘The Eagle’ has redefined what it means to be a dominant fighter in MMA, and his 29-0 record is a testament to that. Furthermore, his fights often lead to social media engagement like no other, and it’s clear he has a passionate fan base.

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An interesting takeaway from Khabib’s social media management comes in through the simplicity of his posts and content. Unlike the traditional approach of flaunting excessive wealth and materialistic items, Nurmagomedov chooses a different approach. The MMA community has definitely benefitted from the change of pace that the Russian fighter brings to the table.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: On the fighting front

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Social media visibility aside, Khabib Nurmagomedov has garnered attention as of late with his future in the sport. The Dagestani champion has officially announced his retirement following UFC 254, however, he’s still the enlisted champion. Fans are still speculating as to the odds that he will make a sustained return to MMA.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje 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)

UFC 257  will play a pivotal role in judging whether Nurmagomedov will make a comeback to action. Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will square off in a title eliminator, and should McGregor win, there’s a chance that Khabib returns. Dana White has been vocal about the fact that he’s keen to make Khabib vs McGregor 2, should the stars align. Unfortunately for Poirier, he’s unlikely to receive the same treatment given his smaller profile in comparison.

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Additionally, UFC 257’s co-main event hosts Michael Chandler vs Dan Hooker, which is also a critical match-up. Chandler will make his highly anticipated debut, and fans have been waiting to see how he will perform. Nurmagomedov has been on record to be wanting a new challenge and an impressive win for either Hooker or Chandler could open new doors.

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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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