‘Smashing Face is Not Good’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Answers Questions On Why He Left UFC

Published 10/04/2021, 7:49 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov is seen during his UFC Lightweight Championship match against Dustin Poirier (not seen) at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 6, 2019. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov has made his way to London, England and he made an appearance at a conference for an event. During a round of audience questions, Nurmagomedov was asked to comment on his reasoning for retiring from the UFC. While Nurmagomedov has fielded such questions before, but this time, the question had a certain amount of variation to it that intrigued the Russian.

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Chiefly, he was asked if the hardcore violence that is associated with the UFC was haram and whether such a bent of thinking led Nurmagomedov to retire. ‘The Eagle’ was certainly taken aback by the complexity of the fan question and shared his views in a rather hilarious manner. He had the crowd laughing at several instances given the stoicism with which he described his own fights.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia takes down 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)

“Of course to smashing face is not good things, 100%. How I can say this is halal. This is not my decision to make something halal or haram. I’m just normal human being, sometimes smash people. 100% this is not good things. If you want to smash people, please don’t do this.”

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“This is sport and you compete with high-level athlete like yourself. They ask them, you gonna fight. They ask you, you guys have training camp and you guys come inside the cage and you compete each other. Someone wins, someone lose. But anyways I don’t think this is good things to show religion”

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While Khabib Nurmagomedov’s explanation was certainly succinct and logical, there’s no denying he unleased hellfire on all his opponents. Right from rivals like Conor McGregor to amicable opponents like Dustin Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov spared no one.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia compete against Dustin Poirier of United States in their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Despite being retired for over a year, Nurmagomedov is still considered the best lightweight fighter walking the face of the earth. It will take a long time for future champions to build off a legacy that is separate from Nurmagomedov’s.

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However, the division has moved forward and Dustin Poirier is set to fight Charles Oliveira for his belt in December. Fans can’t wait to see how this potential ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate bout plays out.

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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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