Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Khabib Nurmagomedov for the win over Dustin Poirier. In the meeting there was also the head of the Republic of Dagestan (Vladimir Vasilyev) and Khabib’s father. In the past Putin also congratulated Khabib after the biggest win and fight in the UFC vs Conor McGregor. This is second time when Russian President met UFC Lightweight Champion and his father.
“I want to congratulate you. It was a decent fight against a strong and tenacious rival.” said Putin. After that Nurmagomedov answered: “Yes, the opponent was strong and respectable. This time around I fought against a person who respected me.”
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After warm talk with each other, Putin made a comment about rear naked choke, and told him that it was fair and square.
“I watched the fight, you submitted him with a rear-naked choke, it was a classic choke hold. You did it in the correct way, without squeezing his throat, but holding him on both sides of the neck, as it should be. It was all fair.”
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