UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives sexist answer to women seeking MMA advice
UFC ace Khabib Nurmagomedov has come under heavy criticism after delivering a sexist response to an audience member during a panel session.
The Dagastani fighter was in Saudi Arabia for a MISK talk when he was asked by a female member of the audience for advice on women getting into the fighting industry.
Nurmagomedov, who controversially overcame Conor McGregor in Las Vegas in October, said: ‘For females, I have very good advice, be fighters at home.’ After a brief pause he added: ‘And one more advice, all the time, finish your husband.’
UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov delivered a sexist response to a female audience member
The Dagastani fighter was asked for his advice in Saudi Arabia on women getting into fighting
He strangely suggested women ‘be fighters at home’ and that they ‘finish their husbands’
Hometown: Dagestan, Russia
Nickname: The Eagle
UFC record: 27-0-0
Height/reach: 5ft 10in/70in
Khabib has made numerous controversial statements in the past but this latest episode has left some MMA fans with a bad taste in their mouth.
One user wrote: ‘This is embarrasing (sic). Honestly. And a bunch of morons laughing.
‘The UFC champ ladies and gentlemen.’
Many of Khabib’s female fans voiced their anger at the comments given the courage it would have taken the audience member to have stood up and broached the subject with the champion.
MMA fans online were quick to label the comments from Nurmagomedov as ’embarrassing’
Some of the fighter’s female supporters took issue with his comments and were left angry
It is not the first time Khabib’s views have left some portions of his supporter base alienated
His previous controversies included advising his countrymen in an Instagram post about the immorality of rap music and he endorsed criminal oligarch Ziyavudin Magomedov.
While his comments came in for criticism from some quarters of social media, it is not the first time a male fighter has dismissed the notion of women in the industry.
Back in 2012, then UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre faced the wrath of Ronda Rousey after she was announced to have joined the UFC.
St. Pierre was on record saying watching women fight is difficult for him as he is ‘old school’.
He said: ‘I have a hard time watching girls fighting; it’s hard for me. I never really watched a woman fight.’
Nurmagomedov has not fought since the controversial ending to his Vegas win in October
Nurmagomedov is still dealing with the fall-out from his Vegas victory over McGregor given the scenes that marred the ending.
The Dagastani is said to prefer a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. – without giving details of how it might be arranged – over the UFC’s preferred option of Tony Ferguson.
Right now he is on a world tour which will take him to Australia in January as he weighs up his next bout.