Khabib Nurmagomedov’s celebrity is growing in the lead-up to the biggest fight of his career.
Unbeaten UFC lightweight Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC), who meets Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) in a title bout at UFC 223 in April, took some time before getting into the thick of training camp to rub elbows with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nurmagomedov was an invited guest of Spanish football club Real Madrid over the weekend, his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told MMAjunkie. The fighter took some time to swap gifts with the famed athlete. “The Eagle” got an autographed jersey and in return gave a papakha (via Instagram):
Nurmagomedov has one of the largest social media followings on the UFC roster. He currently has 3.6 million Instagram followers, which is massively trumped by Ronaldo’s astronomical 120 million followers.
UFC 223 takes place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Nurmagomedov wasn’t the first fighter to share a public interaction with Ronaldo on social media; UFC lightweight champ (he’s still a champ, right?) Conor McGregor welcomed Ronaldo to his Las Vegas gym in July 2016.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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