Khabib Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier’s entry into the Hall of Fame was exciting news for their fans. Both the fighters had big fights and equally exciting rivals in the promotion. Nurmagomedov’s feud with Conor McGregor and Cormier’s rivalry with Jon Jones was huge.
However, during his Hall of Fame speech, the Russian athlete did not mention his rival. Hence, Cormier confronted Nurmagomedov for not speaking about ‘The Notorious’. Nurmagomedov discussed the circumstances around the fight.
He said, “Of course, Dana, Hunter, everybody was like ‘oh, little bit upset.’”
However, when Cormier asked Nurmagomedov if they were really upset, he said, “No. … only one guy was upset: Me. When I go to the black room, I didn’t have my belt. Where’s my belt. He say, ‘brother, please. Be relaxed, I’m gonna bring you’. But no, bring me belt.”
“I choke this guy, this guy tap. Where’s my belt? … This is not fair. This is like freedom speech country, okay? Give me my belt. I beat this guy.”
After submitting McGregor at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon to attack McGregor’s friend, Dillon Danis. The Russian fighter was criticized for his actions.
Further, he also lost out on one of the defining moments of his career. Every champion gets the belt wrapped around their waist inside the Octagon. However, it wasn’t in the case of ‘The Eagle’.
According to ‘Sportbible‘, this happened because Dana White believed the Irish fans would throw things into the Octagon. While Nurmagomedov was given the belt later, it looks like he still isn’t happy with White trying to restrict him at that time.
Khabib Nurmagomedov: His Hall of Fame Indiction Speech
In his speech, Nurmagomedov thanked God and reminded everyone to be humble despite the amount of success they get.
Further, he talked about his childhood and how he grew up in a small village. He showed gratitude to his father, who has been one of the pillars of Nurmagomedov’s success. Similarly, the retired fighter is trying to help others from Dagestan achieve progress in the sport.
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