Umar Nurmagomedov Refuses to Celebrate Win for This Reason After Battering Bekzat Almakhan at UFC Vegas 87 – “They Don’t Have Anything to Eat”

Published 03/02/2024, 5:31 PM EST

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Umar Nurmagomedov has arrived at UFC Vegas 87. The cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov just went up against Bekzat Almakhan and won, maintaining his undefeated record. That’s right, the fighter is now 17-0 in his professional MMA career, replicating the undefeated feat of ‘The Eagle’ one fighter after another. Something worth a lot of celebration right?

Not for Nurmagomedov, who decided to not do an awful lot of celebration inside of the cage. The fighter didn’t look all too overjoyed nor was he circling the cage in the excitement of his win. Instead, he had a message for everyone to hear.

Umar Nurmagomedov prays for the less fortunate at UFC Vegas 87


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Umar Nurmagomedov took on Bekzat Almakhan and added a loss to his opponent’s career in a dominant fashion. The game went down to the mat for the three rounds as expected and Nurmagomedov was dominant. However, when it was time to celebrate, he decided to share a message.



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Nurmagomedov prayed for the victims who suffer in Gaza. He told Daniel Cormier the reason for his low levels of celebration speaking about their current condition, “. . . I’m going to support, say support words for people in Gaza. They don’t have any food, they don’t have any water, medical, nothing they they try to find some cats for eat, do, can you imagine? And I hope this world going to wake up and I think they have some minimum humanity for help these guys.”

Nurmagomedov relayed the way he felt about Gaza’s condition even with his flawed English. He told ‘DC’ how he was just 50% into the fight because of the things that were on his mind. All of it kept him from giving his 100%, Gaza being one of those things.

Now, the fighter is 17-o in his MMA career. He’s won his 17th fight taking it to the mat as often as possible. However, it wasn’t without a rude awakening in the very first round when Almakhan struck Nurmagomedov with a mean hand. Here’s how the fight went.

During the bout and after it


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In the first round, Almakhan managed to get Nurmagomedov’s attention by getting in a serious right punch that connected with his head as he tried to duck, perhaps he was going for a takedown. Which, the fighter managed to complete but he was shaken and taken aback.

Later on, he managed to get his grip back on in the game and managed to out-grapple Almakhan every single opportunity he got. The score declared the scores as 30-25, 30-26, and 30-26 all in the Dagestani’s favor. Once the fight was over, he had a name in mind.


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Nurmagomedov would like to go up against Cory Sandhagen next. Sandhagen is a dominant force in the 135 pound division and his victories over multiple stars. The last time we saw him fight was when he defeated Rob Font via a unanimous decision. Can Umar Nurmagomedov step up to him?


Written by:

Prit Chauhan


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Prit Chauhan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His portfolio shows him as the go-to event coverage writer at ES and his work on UFC 297 is proof of the same. As an experienced writer and a longtime MMA fan, Prit’s strong suit lies in telling the relatively unknown and more personal stories of fights and fighters.
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Yeswanth Praveen