“We’re Gonna Miss Izzy When He Leaves”: Resurfaced Tweet of Khabib Nurmagomedov Heaping Praises on Israel Adesanya Sends Fans in a Meltdown

Published 09/06/2023, 5:26 AM EDT

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UFC 293 is just around the corner and fans are already buzzing with anticipation. UFC Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya is all set to lock horns with Sean Strickland at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. But ahead of his sixth title defense, there’s a resurfaced tweet lauding ‘Izzy’s caliber that’s turning heads everywhere.

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We’re talking about former UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov’s resurfaced tweet directed at the ‘Stylebender’ ahead of his UFC 281 clash with arch-rival Alex Pereira. Yes, you heard that right! Just before ‘The Poatan’ handed ‘Izzy’ a devastating loss, UFC’s ‘Eagle’ had come out in support of the ‘Stylebender.’ Now, with the tweet making rounds on the Internet, especially on Reddit – fans are pouring in with their opinions and reactions to Nurmagomedov’s statements. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov backed ‘Izzy’ before UFC 281 clash


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It seems like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Israel Adesanya shared a sense of camaraderie during their time together in the UFC. ‘The Eagle’ has always been an ardent supporter of raw talent, and for the ‘Stylebender’ – he made no exception.

Taking to his Twitter handle before UFC 281, Nurmagomedov penned a heartfelt message of appreciation for ‘Izzy.’ The Russian MMA artist wrote:


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Within minutes, the tweet went viral all over social media, with an outpouring of love and support from fans. The MMA community lauded Nurmagomedov for his humble words and echoed a similar sentiment. So what are fans saying about ‘The Eagle’s tweet now? Let’s find out!

Fan reactions echo a similar sentiment to that of Khabib Nurmagomedov

When fans recently saw Khabib Nurmagomedov’s resurfaced tweet on Reddit, it sparked a flurry of reactions, each expressing their thoughts on Israel Adesanya’s prowess and Khabib’s words of admiration. Here’s what they had to say:

One ‘Izzy’ fan’s comment highlights the concern that Israel Adesanya’s dominance in the middleweight division may inadvertently diminish the perceived depth of talent in that weight class. He wrote:

“Imagine making a whole division shallow just because you run through the competition. We’re gonna miss Izzy when he leaves.”

A similar sentiment echoed as more and more fans lauded the ‘Stylebender,’ adding,

“Khabib has always given Izzy his flowers.”

“Watch out, the Izzy haters are inbound to make sure you know they rate him as a fighter but hate him as a person.”

“Izzy isn’t making a career by fighting guys 10 years older than him. I agree.”

Another MMA fan succinctly sums up the overall sentiment, chiming in with:

“Rare Khabib W.”

Moreover, a comment humorously touches on the political aspect of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s praise for Israel Adesanya. The comment read:


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“Russia and China are friends, so yeah, he would say that.”

Yet another user underscores Israel Adesanya’s incredible success as the middleweight champion in the UFC, remarking:

“I mean, he’s pretty much dominated MW since he’s been champion (5 years).”


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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s old tweet not only sheds light on his admiration for Israel Adesanya’s skills but also reignites the conversation about ‘Izzy’s’ place in the UFC’s pantheon of greats. As UFC 293 approaches, fans can’t help but echo Khabib’s sentiments: “We’re gonna miss Izzy when he leaves.” Do you agree with the fans? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

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Written by:

Ashish Tiwari


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Rupkamal Sarma




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