Nurmagomedov tells why he does not go out with Russian flag and names his successor
Nurmagomedov will end his UFC career after several fights.
Khabib Nurmagomedov gave a big interview before the UFC Fight Night 163 tournament in Moscow.
In late October, Irishman Conor McGregor, the former UFC champion in two weight categories and the Russian athlete’s long-standing foe, which often results in altercations on social networks, accused Nurmagomedov of disrespect for Russia. McGregor came to this conclusion because Nurmagomedov does not take out the national flag in the octagon.
“People who wear flags, as they say, represent their homeland. Unlike them, I do not rape women, I do not beat the elderly, I do not urge people to drink alcohol. I represent my country in my own way. I don’t think that if you don’t wear a flag, you are not a patriot,” Nurmagomedov explained his point of view. In this harmless phrase sounded by the Russian athlete, a masked low blow against the Irishman was was hidden. It is to be recalled that a few days ago, the court fined McGregor for attacking an elderly man in a pub, because he refused to drink the whiskey offered by the fighter. McGregor was previously accused of sexual abuse.
Also, Nurmagomedov mentioned that he will soon end his career in the UFC. During a press conference that took place in Moscow on the evening of November 8, the athlete told who would defend the honor of Russia after his departure. He said that the Russian UFC fighter Islam Makhachev could take his place.
Russians have been standing for their rights more aggressively since the controversial pension reform, worsened financial situation and social unrest against the background of the elections to the Moscow City Duma.