Nurmagomedov turned down July 16th for Ramadan


Yesterday the UFC announced that Donald Cerrone will fight Jim Miller in the main event of a July 16th fight card in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Many fans were hoping that Cerrone would fight Khabib Nurmagomedov? next, and that could have been the case, except the Dagestani-born fighter ?was unable to accept a fight on that date:

Sources close to the promotion who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss such matter publicly told MMAjunkie that UFC officials were hoping to book Cerrone vs. Nurmagomedov for UFC Fight Night 45, which takes place July 16 at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. However, when reps from the fighter’s management team were approached about the potential date, they were forced to decline before even learning about the matchup.

“We were never offered an opponent but were just asked to fight on that date,” Mike Constantino of MVC Sports Management told MMAjunkie. “At that time, I informed the UFC that it was Ramadan and that Khabib would be unavailable.”

Nurmagomedov is a Dagestani-born fighter who began training in martial arts at the age of 5. He’s also a practicing Muslim who observes an annual month of fasting known as Ramadan. During the observance, which takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from consuming any food or liquids from dawn until sunset each day, making the rigors of training camp, not to mention weight-cutting or an actual fight, nearly impossible.

Constantino said Nurmagomedov will immediately resume a full training regimen after Ramadan, which this year runs from June 28 to July 28. With that in mind, Constantino said his client would be ready to go in “late August or early September” and is happy to fight “whoever is put in front of him to get a title shot the fastest.”

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AceAtGSU site profile image  

5/5/14 5:39 PM by AceAtGSU

A lot of what you are saying here is more about the interpretation of the respective literature of each religion. With different interpretations come different results. Whether people get it wrong or right more often is up for debate.

XIII site profile image  

5/5/14 5:23 PM by XIII

I wrote a whole lot of blablabla here. Sorry.

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5/5/14 4:57 PM by ausgepicht

Great. So because of his imaginary friend, we get to miss a great fight.

Brian Rule site profile image  

5/5/14 4:23 PM by Brian Rule

^ Wrong, religions at their core are all about servility to their own specific doctrines; beyond that are secondary adjustments made by the individual. Respect towards others can be an occasional byproduct however it does not apply towards those who don't believe (Islam I'm definitely looking at you) let alone in countless ways those who do believe (e.g. Christians suffering the notion of "hell", incredible degrees of sexual repression, etc, etc)

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5/5/14 3:25 PM by AceAtGSU

Why can't people just accept that there are shitty people in every religion and atheist as well. Shitty people are going to be shitty people, some just use their religious beliefs as a crutch when they turn around and do horrible things.Islam, Christianity, and Judaism at their core are supposed to be about respecting others. It isn't the religion it is the follower who perverts the message.And I am not even devoutly religious. Doesn't take much to understand.

thelorn420 site profile image  

5/5/14 12:38 PM by thelorn420

So this dude tried to say people are dunking him when really he's the duck? I got some bread crumbs if he's hungry.

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5/5/14 12:18 PM by Arlovskis Chin

Hahaha. I see people arguing about whether hitler was Christian?!? Khabib feels he can't fight because of Ramadan then more power to him. He's a man and makes his own decisions. Who gives a fuck.

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5/5/14 12:13 PM by rkm456

No, Hitler being Christian is completely off topic to the thread. It is however relevant to someone claiming that bad things are entirely the fault of religion because they're all dont in the name of God. I'm not suggesting there aren't antisemites who claim to be Christians, I'm saying they can't actually be. Doing so goes against the most basic teachings of their texts.Oh, and for what it's worth, if you ever attend a Catholic school, that last paragraph is exactly what they emphasize."Religion makes no sense" "look at all the problems religion causes" are cop out explanations given when people want to try to pick apart something they either don't understand, or are afraid of. Like when Jon Jones or Vitor's beliefs come up and one specific, and completely taken out of context sentence is consistently pulled by atheists from an old testament book to show how bad a Christian they are.At the end of the day, Khabib is following something that he feels makes him emotionally stronger, and is in no way harming anyone. I say good for him for staying true to his convictions and not putting money ahead of everything else.

Brian Rule site profile image  

5/5/14 12:00 PM by Brian Rule

Remember this UG: every time you masturbate Allah ruins a UFC fight card

Mica Kizbig site profile image  

5/5/14 11:39 AM by Mica Kizbig

So have either of the Diaz bros called out this Ramadan bitch that Nurmagomedov is ducking yet?