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UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Officially A Football Encyclopedia

Josh Lawless

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UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Officially A Football Encyclopedia

Khabib Nurmagomedov showed off his incredible football knowledge as he taught Manel Kape about the beautiful game.

The flyweight, who fights in the UFC for the second time on 13 March, wanted to have a chat about football with the Dagestani fighter.

But 'The Eagle' embarked on a five minute rant that showed just how much he loves football when he went ahead and correctly named every team to have won the Champions League since 2005 in order.

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If that wasn't enough to prove that the undefeated UFC lightweight champion is a living football encyclopedia, he then named all the Ballon d'Or winners from 1995 onwards.


Poor Kape never got a word in and ended up getting a right schooling from Khabib, with the video posted by trainer Javier Mendez.

"What do you know about soccer? Coach, this guy... He wants to talk to me about soccer?!" Khabib said at one point in the video.

When Manel said, "He knows results. I know (how to) play" - Khabib replied: "You know nothing about football. You do not know how to play".

Khabib is a staunch Real Madrid fan and once made a Barcelona fan say "Hala Madrid!" before he took a picture with him.

But clearly his footballing fandom does not end there. A friend of Cristiano Ronaldo's, Khabib was recently in attendance at the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 win away at Barcelona and ended up getting hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe's shirt.

Not keeping his allegiances with one of the game's most exciting talents, he's also been exchanging messages with Borussia Dortmund hot-shot Erling Haaland.

Having been spotted displaying his 99 pace in a football game involving his late father's favourite player Clarence Seedorf, the 32-year-old said he is a free agent and training for a switch to professional football.

He received an offer from FC Kamaz, who play in the second tier of Russian football.

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Football, UFC

Josh Lawless
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