- Former UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov as soon as wore a controversial shirt throughout a weigh-in in Brazil
- Nurmagomedov’s childhood good friend Eldar Eldarov reveals the true story behind the stated shirt
- Eldarov can be an MMA champion and is ready to defend his title at BRAVE CF 46
Khabib Nurmagomedov has had an outstanding group behind him all through his profession, and one among them is trying to extend his reign as a world champion.
Again in 2013, Brazilian combined martial arts followers have been enraged about Nurmagomedov’s notorious ”If Sambo was simple, it might be referred to as Jiu-Jitsu” shirt.
It may be recalled that the undefeated fighter wore a black shirt with the stated phrase printed on it throughout his weigh-in and face-off with Thiago Tavares in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The taunting message of the then-UFC contender’s shirt obtained the social media buzzing however genuinely, it was his childhood good friend Eldar Eldarov who got here up with the concept.
Many might haven’t heard about Eldarov, however like Nurmagomedov, he’s additionally a world champion and is ready to defend his tremendous light-weight title towards Leonardo Mafra at BRAVE CF 46.
Reflecting on the controversial Nurmagomedov shirt forward of the struggle, Eldarov revealed that it began when he noticed the phrase printed on somebody’s shirt throughout a judo coaching session.
“The one who put this phrase on the t-shirt was me,” Eldarov stated in a press launch by BRAVE CF. “I obtained the concept for the phrase once I went for judo coaching and noticed somebody sporting a t-shirt with the phrase ‘If Judo was simple, it might be referred to as soccer’. I used to be set to go to Brazil to nook Khabib on the time. So I purchased a black t-shirt and printed the phrase on it. He wore it on the weigh-ins.”
Whereas Eldarov had the shirt made simply to have slightly enjoyable throughout Nurmagomedov’s weigh-in, followers didn’t admire it and each he and “The Eagle” even acquired “loss of life threats” due to it.
“As quickly as we obtained again to the resort and turned on the wi-fi, we have been bombarded with messages from individuals speaking concerning the t-shirt,” he revealed. “It grew to become very controversial, some individuals even went to the extent of giving loss of life threats. It wasn’t supposed to be offensive, it was only a joke. On the finish of the day, we respect all sports activities.”
Now, Eldarov is within the place the place Nurmagomedov was in 2013 as he’s certain to face a Brazilian fighter in Mafra.
The bout between the 2 tremendous lightweights is ready to happen in Sochi, Russia on January sixteenth as a part of BRAVE CF’s first enterprise within the nation.
Nurmagomedov, in the meantime, could have a personal assembly with UFC president Dana White. The corporate head honcho will strive to persuade the Russian step contained in the Octagon as soon as once more.
“I feel he ought to struggle once more and I am gonna press him as onerous as I can for yet another,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto of Nurmagomedov.