Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed a desire to meet undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, post his spectacular win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. The Eagle announced his retirement from the sport soon after the match in the post-fight interview. The Russian President will personally congratulate the Dagestani, who became the first Russian fighter to top the UFC’s pound-for-pound list this past week.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin will find time to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov once the pandemic settles down.
“Yes, the president said he will definitely meet Khabib. When the fighter is ready and the pandemic situation won’t be at the peak.” Dmitry Peskov said.
Moreover, Nurmagomedov’s impeccable record of 29-0 will remain unparalleled for years to come. Khabib’s achievements inside the Octagon have plummeted MMA’s growth globally. Additionally, it has put Russia on the world map for its increasing participation in the sport of mixed martial arts.
Needless to say, ever since Khabib’s entry inside the Octagon, there has been an upsurge of athletes making it to the UFC from regions of Russia, especially Dagestan and Chechnya.
Khabib Nurmagomedov to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had met Khabib Nurmagomedov after his emphatic win over Conor McGregor back at UFC 229. Nurmagomedov’s contribution to the world of MMA stands next to none. ‘The Eagle’ rested his gloves with a record a fighter can only wish for. With an impeccable record of 29-0 and notable wins over former champions, there’s no denying that Khabib Nurmagomedov will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
One of the most powerful leaders in the world is set to meet the most dominant fighter the world of mixed martial arts has ever seen. So much has changed since then, with Nurmagomedov achieving heights that some can only wish for.
At the time when Khabib became the lightweight champion, he was the only Russian fighter to hold the championship belt. As things stand today, Russian fighter Petr Yan holds the UFC bantamweight gold. Additionally, fighters like Zabit Magomedsharipov and Islam Makhachev among others are making their presence felt inside the UFC Octagon.
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