Earlier this week, UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rashid Magomedov and Rory MacDonald appeared in Moscow for a seminar to promote their Reebok gear. Following their respective master class sessions, Khabib stayed behind to field questions from fans and media present.
Given that Khabib appeared alongside fellow Dagestani lightweight Magomedov, one of the questions directed at him was whether he would be interested in match-ups against his compatriots. Although he admit that the option exists at such an elite sports level, Khabib believes there are enough fighters for the Russians to face without challenging each other unnecessarily.
“I’m not for this attitude,” Khabib said (H/t cageside.ru). “I do not want it. I will not lie and say that in any case I will not take the fight, but I think that the UFC has enough alcoholics there to beat first.”
Khabib was scheduled to return to competition for the first time in nearly two years this December but was forced to withdraw from his match-up against Tony Ferguson with a broken rib. It was his third consecutive injury and his eventual recovery is all that occupies his mind at the moment.
“I’ll tell you that right now, I do not even think about it. Now the main thing is to get into shape, put myself in order and take care of my health. I want to go return for my next fight in March. “
A fan later asked Khabib who he would invite to his wedding from AKA if he could go back in time and relive his marriage union. The Dagestani laughed and offered a humorous response:
“I would not have invited Cormier because he eats a lot,” Khabib laughed. “There is not enough chicken. Probably someone in the lighter weights Thompson, Fitch or Rockhold. “
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