Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, even a week after defeating Dustin Porje, remains in the spotlight of sports media. It became known the day before that Nurmagomedov fulfilled his promise to sell an American T-shirt with which they exchanged T-shirts immediately after the fight at the UFC 242 tournament in Abu Dhabi. The Russian fighter intended to give all the proceeds to the Porie charitable foundation - and kept his word.
Thank you @TeamKhabib for your generous donation to The Good Fight and for being a man of your word. Your contribution is going to help so many people! # Championpic.twitter.com / TUA0CVVoW8- The Good Fight Foundation (@TheGoodFightFDN) September 13, 2019
“Habib, thank you for your generous donation to The Good Fight and for being the person of your word. Your contribution will help so many people! ”Says the charity’s Twitter account.
The buyer for such a valuable T-shirt that the UFC champion wore in the first minutes of his triumph was quickly found. Commenting on the deal, the father and coach of the athlete Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov did not specify who became the owner of the T-shirt and what price they had to pay for it, but noted that the item was “very expensive”.
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Porrier himself, after a few days after the fight, again turned to Nurmagomedov and thanked him for the fight between them, noting that he did not regret his defeat.
“Everything happens for a reason. This is my way and it is unique. Thanks to Habib for another harsh life lesson. No excuses or regrets. I will put up with failure and continue to move on, ”Porrier wrote on Instagram.
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However, despite the fact that on September 7, Nurmagomedov won a landslide victory in his 28th match, he never conquered one peak. The UFC did not move him to first place in the ranking of the best wrestlers, regardless of weight categories. The Russian is still inferior in this list to light heavyweight champion John Jones. This situation outraged not only the fans, but also other athletes. In particular, the Brazilian Glover Teixeira expressed the opinion that Nurmagomedov is worthy to lead the rating at least because of his manner of fighting.
“John Jones, of course, is on top. But after I watched Khabib’s last fight ... I saw how Dustin Porye was training, saw how good he was and saw how Nurmagomedov dominated in the fight with him. For me, the number one in pound-for-pound is undoubtedly a Russian. Jones defended his champion title more often, but he did not dominate his rivals like Habib did. He is too good compared to others. If you evaluate him at ten points, then his rivals are worth seven, ”said Teixer MMA Fighting.
Fans of Nurmagomedov have a reason to be dissatisfied with the position of a fighter in the ranking, since the system for determining the best UFC athletes is far from perfect. So says the user of Reddit, whose investigation on this topic is now actively discussed in the world of mixed martial arts.
As you know, the ratings of the best UFC fighters by weight category and outside of them are determined by the opinion of 14 journalists from around the world covering MMA. However, after the Nurmagomedov’s fight, it turned out that five of them are in fact in no way connected with mixed martial arts, or at least this cannot be confirmed by information from open sources. Perhaps, precisely because of the lack of competence of the compilers of the rating, the Russian champion has not yet led him.
Unconquered for Nurmagomedov remains one more peak. Many fans of mixed martial arts, when asked about the best Russian MMA fighter in history, would probably answer that they still have Fedor Emelianenko. However, another Brazilian athlete, Junior dos Santos, is confident that Habib will someday be able to win this title. He made such a statement in anticipation of his battle with Alexander Volkov.
“I think, first of all, for them (Volkov and Nurmagomedov. - RT ), it is necessary to work a lot on themselves in order to remove Fedor from the throne of the“ greatest of all times ”. It will be very difficult for these guys to reach him in his best shape. So far I can say that Khabib is doing very well - maybe one day he will become as cool as Fedor, ”dos Dos Santos is sure.