FIFA World Cup 2022: UFC News: Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most famous names in MMA. But the former UFC lightweight champion…
FIFA World Cup 2022: UFC News: Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most well-known names in MMA. However, the former UFC lightweight champion is also an avid football fan. And as the FIFA World Cup continues in Qatar, Khabib has hit out at Canadian coverage of the event. For more martial arts news, follow Insidesport.IN.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is as passionate about football as he is about MMA. And despite Russia playing, there was never any doubt whether Khabib would watch the tournament. And even though Khabib was in Canada, he still caught up on the action.
FIFA World Cup: UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov trolls Canadian media for their FIFA World Cup coverage: ‘I understand they never watch football
That said, his experience was by no means the best. Talking in one interview on November 20, Khabib said he watched the opening ceremony and the first fight on the Canadian broadcast. Then he added,
“I was watching Canadian TV and I see these people talking about football and these people don’t understand anything.” The Russian then said: “Why, as the greatest television [event] in Canada they bring these people and they talk about football and I can see, I can understand that they never watch football.”
It is clear that Khabib Nurmagomedov did not enjoy the coverage of the FIFA World Cup in a country where football is not the primary sport.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s love for the beautiful game goes way back. In the past, Khabib has expressed his love for the sport and even had offers from Russian professional teams to join them after his retirement from MMA.
Additionally, Khabib has met soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and has also visited Manchester United FC to watch them play. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Russian was unhappy with the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in Canada.
So while fans may point out that his comments about not watching football are unfair, it’s clear that Khabib Nurmagomedov knows his football. However, Canadians can say their country will be at the FIFA World Cup, while Khabib’s beloved Russia is not.
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