“Women Have the Same Rights as Men”- Russian Boxer Criticizes Khabib Nurmagomedov for His Comments

Published 09/11/2021, 6:09 AM EDT
MOSCOW, RUSSIA AUGUST 18, 2021: Russian mixed martial artist and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a news conference. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)


The former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been subject to criticism lately for his comments on ring girls in the sport of MMA. Nurmagomedov thinks ring-girls are something unnecessary and are not quite needed for the sport. However, not everyone hasn’t taken those comments lightly.

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The Dagestani fighter has faced criticism from many. Recently, a Russian boxer, Angelina Semenova, has given her take on the situation. She didn’t quite like Khabib’s comments, to say the least, and had some harsh criticism for the former champion of the 155 lbs divisions of the UFC.

KAZAN, RUSSIA MAY 29, 2021: Retired MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov (R), who held the UFC Lightweight title from April 2018 to March 2021, attends EFC 36 Eagle Fighting Championship at Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

“The 21st century has already arrived. Women have the same rights as men. In addition, MMA is a social, sports show, where ring girls are, of course, a traditional thing, like the cherry on the cake.”

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“It is high time for Khabib to leave the sexism to which he was accustomed in the Dagestan mountains, if he is going to live in a society where everything has been different for a long time, or let him dictate his rules exactly where he is from,” said Semenova to the Russian outlet, Metaratings. (all quotes translated via Google Translate)

Khabib Nurmagomedov might have avoided the topic

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While he may have had his reasons for his point of view, he could have avoided the topic altogether. UFC ring girls, Britney Palmer, Arianny Celeste, Luciana Andrade, and more are very popular figures among fans.

Andrade even mentioned once that she pursues the job of a ring girl in a bid to gather money for her studies. So, this is nothing but a job for all of them.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 08: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with fans during a Q&A session prior to the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at CSKA Arena on November 08, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Hence, it’s understandable why many have been outraged by the remarks made by Nurmagomedov. Nevertheless, he is currently busy promoting his own MMA organization, Eagle FC. It will be interesting to see what next turn the whole saga takes.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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