Two of Russia’s top sportsmen connected on Saturday night in San Jose, Calif.
With the Washington Capitals in town, UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) attended an NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. There he met NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin, who delivered a special gift.
The game ended in a 2-0 victory for the Capitals. Ovechkin wasn’t involved in the scoring, but after the win, he was all smiles for a photo with fellow Russian Nurmagomedov, who is less than a month away from fighting for UFC gold at UFC 223.
Both men shared the photo on social media (via Instagram):
“Thank you so much for invite @aleksandrovechkinofficial
It was honor to watch you playing live today”
UFC 223 takes place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nurmagomedov fights Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) for the 155-pound belt in the pay-per-view headliner following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
With 25 consecutive victories, Nurmagomedov enters UFC 223 with the longest active MMA winning streak on the UFC roster. He can win a major title in his sport – something that has eluded Ovechkin during his 12-season NHL career.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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