Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali among athletes to have inspired UFC legend Khabib

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in the UFC.

Despite retiring at just 31-years-old, Nurmagomedov’s unblemished 29-0 record is one of the most impressive achievements in MMA history.

During his run as UFC lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov dominated some of the very best fighters in the world including Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje.

In achieving such heights, the Eagle has undoubtedly inspired the next generation of Russian MMA fighters, many of whom will dominate the UFC in years to come.

In a recent appearance on Mike Tyson’s ‘Hotboxin’ podcast, Nurmagomedov was asked about the athletes that inspired his journey to the top of the UFC.

The Eagle claimed there were three sporting legends who drove him to become the MMA legend he is today.

“Three athletes who inspired me like crazy? It was Brazilian Ronaldo, Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali.

“I met two of them, but I didn’t have a chance to meet Muhammad Ali. I hope in like next life.

“I really believe, next life. I’m gonna meet with him.”

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The Eagle’s comments come just days after Conor McGregor’s shocking tweet which appeared to mock the death of Nurmagomedov’s late father, Abdulmanap.

Abdulmanap tragically passed away last year after contracting COVID-19 following a heart surgery. Following his death, Khabib fought just once more in the UFC before retiring from MMA competition.

After Dustin Poirier’s stunning victory over McGregor at UFC 264 last month, Nurmagomedov took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the bout and told his fans: “Good always defeats evil.”

Nurmagomedov’s comments clearly riled McGregor up and during one of the Irishman’s notorious Twitter barrages, the former two-weight UFC champion responded to the Eagle.

McGregor said: “Covid is good and father is evil?”.

The Irishman has been widely condemned by the MMA community for his comments and has since deleted the tweet.

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