Khabib exclusive interview on Russia's Channel One

Khabib Nurmagomedov exclusive interview with Russia’s Channel One after UFC 242

The undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gave an exclusive interview on Russia’s national TV “Channel One” after defending his title against an interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 event in Abu-Dhabi.

Here we translated some of the most interesting quotes from Khabib’s exclusive interview to the Russian media where he spoke about his family, education, future in the UFC and potential fight in Russia.

Khabib about his mother and their relationship…

“My mom watches my fights but just moments of it because she gets nervous watching. Even when I’m not home we talk every day, at least a few times a day. About fights my mom always tells me “Son, do your thing. Take it to the ground and finish the fight there. You don’t need to hit people. Just make them tap to get it over with”…”

About education…

“I am enrolled in Plekhanov Russian University of Economics distance education program, currently on my 4th year of college. I choose economics because I think it’s important to save money and make wise financial decisions. I want to be smart with my capital, open my own business, do some charity work. There are so many examples of champions and famous people that lost everything from what they previously earned…”

About his son…

“I haven’t taken my son to the gym yet but it will happen at some point. A man should be smart as well as physically strong. That’s why he will train for sure, I’m just not sure if he’ll want to fully commit and do this professionally. I will support him either way…”

About his daughter…

“This fight (with Poirier) was the first one that my 4-year old daughter watched. When I came home after, she was even explaining something, telling me details about the fight…”

About his upcoming birthday on September 30…

“I forgot that I have a birthday soon. It might sound weird but I don’t really like celebrating birthdays. Every year you get older and life carries on – there is nothing to celebrate for me. That’s why I just want to be home for my birthday…”

About his popularity on Instagram…

“It’s not that important for me how many followers I have on Instagram. I just want to show people what I do, how I live and I’m trying to be a good example. Having more followers means more pressure and also more responsibilities…”

About potentially fighting in Moscow next…

“There are ongoing negotiations with the UFC. I really want to fight in Russia, Moscow or St. Petersburg. I am about 80% certain my next fight will take place in Russia…”

About pressuring Dana White in negotiations on next fight…

“I don’t want to put pressure. I can suggest something but he saw ratings from Abu-Dhabi. Ratings were huge on “Channel One” in Russia as well as worldwide. That’s why I think UFC will be up to host a numbered event here…”

About retirement from MMA…

“My plans on retirement haven’t changed. This last time I had a very good weight cut and recovery, I felt good during the fight, very strong physically. We always talk with my father about it. My father told me that his physical conditions were at the peak when he was 32-33. After 33 he felt like his conditions were declining. I share with him how I felt when I was 29, 30, and now almost 31. Father said I can fight about two more years but if he sees that I can’t keep up the standarts at training, he will let me know. As of now, I’m training and competing until then.

30-0? I haven’t set a specific number. Now that it is 28-0, I think getting to 30 would be good. At least 3-4 fights I need to have. But I think getting to 30 wins is a minimum…”

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