The fight for the title of the Absolute Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Porier became one of the most significant sports events of this year. This is evidenced not only by the reaction that the victory of the Russians caused among people who are far from mixed martial arts, but also a large number of congratulations to him.
So, one of the first to the triumph of the current holder of the belt was the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov. According to him, the athlete had a good fight and managed to prove that he is rightfully the best representative of his weight category.
“I congratulate the outstanding MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and the entire coaching staff headed by his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov on defending the champion’s title,” the politician wrote on his VKontakte page.
Of course, the residents of Dagestan rejoiced more than the rest of the fellow countryman. Immediately after the match, many of them took to the streets of the city to celebrate this event. The head of the republic Vladimir Vasiliev congratulated Nurmagomedov, and also noted his contribution to the development of mixed martial arts.
“Congratulations on your triumphal victory! Today the world applauds Habib. Thank you for the outstanding contribution to the achievements of the wrestlers of Dagestan and domestic sports. Health, happiness and new achievements to you, relatives and friends, ”Vasilieva quotes TASS.
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Some well-known football players did not stay away from the UFC 242 tournament. Forward of St. Petersburg “Zenith” Artyom Dziuba, actively interested in many sports, said that he would like to see the next opponent of the Russian became former UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson.
“I think it will be a very cool fight. This is what I am waiting for. I want to understand who is the best in the division. Ferguson is the guy who will give Habib the most problems, ”said the captain of the Russian national team.
A funny story shared by the ex-midfielder of Lokomotiv Dmitry Tarasov. He admitted that he was looking forward to the day of the battle and was very worried about its outcome. According to him, doubts about Nurmagomedov’s victory were dispelled after the second round.
“The battle was waiting for me so much that I mixed up the numbers, I thought that it would take place after the match of the Russian national team. Yesterday we gathered as a family, even my sister arrived, for a long time I explained to children the history of fights. He was very worried, his wife was surprised at this. I wanted my fighter to defend the title. But it all ended well, I was sure after the second round that Khabib would strangle sooner or later. The meeting was excellent, there is no one stronger than him in the fight. I congratulate him and I am proud, ”Tarasova quotes the“ Championship ”.
The course of the confrontation was also watched by the midfielder of Krasnodar Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov. He said this on his page on Instagram, signing footage from the award ceremony with the phrase "No one doubted." In turn, his teammate Younes Namli called Nurmagomedov untouchable.
Recall that the duel with the receptionist ended with a strangling reception of the Russian in the third round. The early victory impressed the champion of the Olympic Games in Sochi in figure skating Adeline Stonikova.
“Fast,” the athlete wrote.
In turn, the former absolute world boxing champion Kostya Tszyu admitted that he does not follow mixed martial arts, but Nurmagomedov’s fights are of particular interest to him.
“Because of this fight, I slept for three hours. Habib performed well, congratulations on his victory. I hope that he will learn a little lesson because he missed a few sensitive punches, but without this it is impossible. And so Nurmagomedov did a great job. True, I thought that he would win a little earlier. The main thing is without injuries, ”RIA Novosti quoted Tszyu as saying.
The outcome of the battle was also commented on by the famous TV presenter Ivan Urgant. However, he drew attention not so much to the victory of the UFC champion, but to the reaction of Porier, who could not restrain his emotions during the award ceremony, and then the press conference.
“It was stuffy to tears in Abu Dhabi today,” Urgant tweeted.
Showman Mikhail Galustyan dedicated the post to Instagram to Nurmagomedov’s victory.
"Best. With a victory, ”Galustyan was concise.
Match TV general producer Tina Kandelaki was also impressed by Nurmagomedov’s triumph.
“The Russian national football team, tennis player Daniil Medvedev and now Khabib Nurmagomedov made my weekend! It’s not enough to be a favorite, MMA can solve everything in one blow, but Nurmagomedov’s dominance is something incredible, ”said Kandelaki.
One of the most moving messages in connection with the victory of the idol was left by his main fan, the 12-year-old girl Kylie, known by the nickname “Mini-Habib”.
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“I congratulate Khabib not only on winning the victory, but also on displaying sporting behavior towards Dustin Porrier, both before and after the fight. It was wonderful to see that you decided to help his charitable foundation. Therefore, I am proud that I am a fan of this wonderful sport, ”wrote Kylie.