Khabib Nurmagomedov and Muhammad Ali have two items in popular: They are equally champions and Muslims.
Apart from people, nevertheless, Nurmagomedov does not assume there are any other similarities and considers it a signal of disrespect to Ali, the legendary boxing champion who died in 2016, that they would be in contrast.
“I like that people today examine us, but I imagine it is inappropriate,” Nurmagomoedov instructed Genuine Gym MMA in Russian.
Ali, who received an Olympic gold medal ahead of profitable the heavyweight championship in 1964 at age 22, is viewed as by a lot of to be the finest athlete of all time and one particular of the most vital figures of the 20th century for his political activism through the turbulent 1960s. Ali spoke out from racial injustice, and in 1966 – two several years soon after getting the youngest heavyweight champ – refused to be drafted into the military services for the reason that of his spiritual beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War, which compelled him to be stripped of his titles and provide jail time after being convicted of draft evasion. He didn’t fight for a few-and-a-50 % several years, as a end result.
The Nurmagomedov comparisons to Ali would look to stem from the fact that Nurmagomedov, who’s turn out to be a global star in new yrs, at the moment might be the most dominant fighter in the globe, with a best 28- document that includes a 12- mark in the UFC. Nurmagomedov, having said that, does not think athletic achievements by yourself are adequate to warrant comparisons.
“All the points he did outside the ring, with them I can not be in contrast,” Nurmagomedov explained. “Indeed, at the time he was a winner. He was an additional race, and at that time in America, Black individuals had been dealt with poorly. And in accordance to his stories, he was not even served in eating places. He threw away the gold medal. He modified the attitude toward his race quite a lot, so we just can’t be as opposed.”
Nurmagomedov, 31, is set to return to the cage Oct. 25 when he can take on interim champ Justin Gaethje in a 155-pound title unification bout at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.