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Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov Believes UFC Needs to “Pay Attention” More to Russian Fighters

Khabib Nurmagomedov (photo via UFC / YouTube)

By FCF Staff

The UFC is holding an event today in St. Petersburg, Russia, which features many athletes from the MMA power. But, Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t think the company’s doing a good job of promoting the nation’s fighters.

Recently the UFC lightweight champ attend a fan Q&A in St.Petersburg, and during the event, Nurmagomedov reportedly said this (quotes via BJ Penn.com):

“It seems to me that after the event in Moscow there were all the same people, all the same media that were,” Nurmagomedov said. “UFC fans are watching, but I know that most people don’t even know that they are doing UFC in Russia. 20 April, Magomed Mustafaev will fight with a new guy (Rafael Fiziev), no one even knows about this fight. Or [Alexei] Oleinik vs. [Alistair] Overeem. Why not show or promote it?

“On the first event [Mairbek] Taisumov, [Rustam] Khabilov, Omari Ahkmedov fought. Taisumov has five victories in a row. Khabilov has several wins. But they didn’t even participate in any media events or promotion. [Nikita] Krylov participated, who returned after being fired. Petr Yan participated who was conducting the second fight in the UFC. I think the UFC should have a different policy. UFC need to pay attention to our fighters.”

Nurmagomedov is expected to face new, interim champ Dustin Poirier later this year, possibly in September.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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