Khabib Nurmagomedov named three favorite fighters

Khabib Nurmagomedov named three favorite fighters

Hall of Famer and former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov listed the fighters whose performances motivated him to get into mixed martial arts.

“When I was growing up, I had three favorite fighters,” says the Russian in a video posted to his social media. “I was 16 years old, and they were just at their peak. They were Fedor, Mauricio “Shogun” Hua and Georges St-Pierre. These guys were in their prime, PRIDE and UFC champions, and I grew up with their fights. When I first met each of them, it was very emotional for me, because I grew up on their fights.

41-year-old Georges St-Pierre officially announced his retirement in February 2019, while 41-year-old Mauricio Hua and 46-year-old Fedor Emelianenko fought farewell fights this year, suffering devastating defeats in the first rounds.

As for 34-year-old Khabib Nurmagomedov, he retired in October 2020 after successfully unifying the interim and current UFC lightweight titles against American Justin Gaethje.