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WATCH: A shy Khabib Nurmagomedov alongside a baby-faced Islam Makhachev answers candid questions from female fans

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is as shy and reserved outside the octagon as he is furious inside. Unlike many successful athletes, he refrains from bragging. Besides, he remains silent most of the time, and when he talks; he only talks about the game.

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However, this throwback video caught the candid side of Khabib Nurmagomedov enjoying himself during an interview with the Russian press. In the short clip, Nurmagomedov is seen sitting with a young Islam Makhachev, responding lightheartedly to female fans.

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When asked how he spends his time outside of fighting, “The Eagle” replied: “I’d like to sleep. I don’t involve or spend time with girls. I’m married.”

He expressed his passion for food, but also shared that he had to control it being an active fighter then. “Yes, I like to eat, but I control it. Because when you get to 90 kg, but after that it’s more difficult to lose weight. That’s why I control myself. I like to eat too because that I am also human, Nurmagomedov said.

Later, when asked about his fancy shirt, he alluded to Makhachev. “Brother forces me to buy the shirt,” he said as everyone, including him, laughed.

Nurmagomedov can be a little wary of women and refrains from making any controversial statements. Therefore, it was heartwarming for fans to know another side to the former UFC lightweight division champion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov on UFC Ring Girls

The former Russian MMA fighter has never outright opposed UFC ring card girls. However, when he bought his own MMA promotion, he was not eager to have ring girls.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: UFC Octagon Girl Red Dela Cruz performs a round during UFC Fight Night event inside The Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE United Arabs. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khabib Nurmagomedov bought Russian MMA promotion Gorilla Fighting Championship after retiring in 2021. He renamed it Eagle Fighting Championship, after his own nickname, “The Eagle”. During a press conference on the same subject, he deemed ring girls unnecessary.

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He cited cultural differences and said he had no problem with people liking them in other promotions. But also said that he too can have his own opinions.

He noted, “Each person has their own preferences – culture and values. I am not against [having ring girls]. If you want, you can do it. But don’t force it on me. Do it aside. There are places designated for this. I don’t think it should be mixed up. It’s my opinion.”

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