translated from Spanish: Khabib Nurmagomedov is distinguished as Russia’s most popular athlete

Prominent mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was UFC champion, boasted on his Instagram social media account that he was chosen as Russia’s most popular sportsman.» The Eagle» came out in the vote with 10% of the total vote, Russian footballer Artem Dzyuba came close to Khabib with 8% of the vote.
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Khabib, 32, gained a lot of popularity in recent years, including people who think he overstealed Conor McGregor as the organization’s big star. Receiving this award with a career within the MMA has a very noteable merit.

«Today VTsIOM (All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center) has published the basis of the national rating of the best athletes in Russia,» Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram. He mentioned: «It’s one thing when you’re recognized by experts, coaches, fighters and specialists, another is the recognition of the people. Thanks for being there. It would be almost impossible without you.» Nurmagomedov remains the light champion after announcing his retirement by prevailing against Justin Gaethje in the UFC 254 event. Dana White is optimistic that Khabib will return to the Octagon to get 30-0. Dagestani greatly helped UFC in its entry into Russia, and this award consolidates its status globally. After prevailing against Gaethje last October, «The Eagle» defended the UFC lightweight championship, to improve his record in 29 wins and zero losses. At the time Nurmagomedov himself justified the decision to withdraw from mixed martial arts (MMA) was a promise fulfilled to his mother, after his father died of Complications of Covid-19.Recently, Khabib announced that the title that left vacant can be taken away by the winner of the match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier , to be held on January 23, 2021, at UFC 257.Nurmagomedov began his career in mixed martial arts in 2008 with a submission victory over Vusal Bayramov in the CSFU: Champions League.When he already had a 16-0 recod, he made his UFC debut, defeating kamal Shalorus , on January 20, 2012, in Nashville, United States, being his return in light weight. On April 7, 2018, he won the Ultimate Fighting Championship light belt by unanimously beating American Al Iaquinta at the UFC 223 event in Brooklyn, New York.He had three successful defenses against Conor McGregor in 2018; Dustin Poirier in 2019 and the most recent as we mentioned in front of Justin Gaethje.



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