Former UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday shared a picture of meeting with the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed on his Instagram.
The UAE’s elite athletes have been hard at work in closed training camps preparing to take on the world’s best in pursuit of more championship medals and a last chance to qualify for the World Games, in the United States next year.
April is crucial for UFC with a much-anticipated bout between reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Tony Ferguson is slated for April 18.
Islam Makhachev extended his unbeaten run in the UFC to ten fights with the defeat of Bobby Green via technical knockout (TKO) of round one, and immediately turned his attention to a lightweight title shot – in Abu Dhabi.
The WBC heavyweight world champion lauded the Russian for his legacy in the octagon, admitting he has “big respect” for the man from Dagestan as he “did it right. Got in and won and got out on top."
Cementing his legacy Khabib Nurmagomedov maintained his unbeaten streak with a third-round submission win over interim titleholder Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 at the iconic The Arena at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
After unifying the UFC lightweight title with a third-round submission win over interim champion Dustin Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov looks forward to return to Abu Dhabi to fight again.
A contingent of UFC’s biggest stars have lauded Abu Dhabi’s potential to further enrich the global domination of the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation.