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