Khabib Nurmagomedov not happy about US sanctions on Russia
Mixed martial arts is usually blessedly free of geopolitics, but there are occasional exceptions.
The US has imposed sanctions on Russia for backing separatists in eastern Ukraine, and annexing Crimea. Major Russian state banks and corporations face increasing restrictions, and dozens of senior Russian officials and separatist commanders face travel bans and asset restriction.
This doesn't sit well with UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, who hails from the Russian republic of Dagestan. In an interview with the Russian language MMA site ValeTudo.ru, Nurmagomedov laughingly said he wanted to beat an American fighter because of the sanctions. Nurmagomedov is currently recovering from knee surgery.
Via Google translate.
Nurmagomedov: We beat the Americans for their sanctions
Khabib “Eagle” Nurmagomedov recently debuted as a mixed martial arts commentator. During the fight between Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavsky and Artak Nazaryan at the “Cup of Friendship” tournament in Novosibirsk, Nurmagomedov answered a question about a possible fight with “Tiger.”
“When I was in Russia and Alexander was in Russia, we were both undefeated,” said Khabib. “There were a lot of calls, proposals (for us to fight), but the fight did not take place. He moved to Bellator, I moved to the UFC, we have different ways. But we are still potential rivals, and, in the future, who knows? Maybe it will go into UFC, and the fight will take place.”
“But I do not want to. To go to America and fight Russian fighters is not so nice. Because there are so many foreign fighters who can and must be beaten. Especially the Americans,” continued a laughing Nurmagomedov.
“I want that belt. I want to punish the champion because he has long defended the belt. This all lined up. Myself, Cerrone, Myles Jury, Benson Henderson.”
“I am now recovering from injury. In two months I will start to train 100%, both wrestling and everything else. Pettis will defend his title on December 6, and maybe after the bout I will be declared the next challenger. If I am not declared, I will not be offended. I will continue to train and beat all Americans. For their sanctions,” whether in jest, whether seriously summed Nurmagomedov.
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