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World leaders seem increasingly interested in the world of MMA. Only a few months after Donald Trump and his family threw their support behind Colby Covington, Khabib Nurmagomedov's recent dominance over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 led to a session interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Meeting with a figure like Putin is already intimidating on many levels, but Putin's background as a skilful judoka allowed them to discuss more than just surface-level combat strategies. Watch the full interview below:
After congratulating Khabib and his father on their victory, Putin praised Nurmagomedov's finishing technique, noting that he "squeezed" properly from both sides. However, when Nurmagomedov talked about the brief decision to line up with Poirier instead of wrestling immediately, Putin chastised him, "You should use your competitive advantage."
Perhaps the most interesting was that Nurmagomedov Poirier deliberately offered the guillotine to topping and affecting the strength of Poirier – a decision that Putin had recognized as "risky" and Nurmagomedov admitted he was causing more trouble than expected. All in all, Putin praised his performance as "a very good fight, beautiful and honest".
I have to imagine that Yair Rodriguez would be an excellent professional wrestler.
Marcelo Garcia is an absolute legend, and this match is available on YouTube for those who have not seen the true human backpack at its best.
Presented without a comment:
I plan to try the insects while I am in Thailand, but I do not expect to enjoy them more than James Vick.
"Same skill" forever!
I would guess that meeting was less nerve-wracking for Khabib.
Slips, cracks and knockout clips
Lethwei clips make me conflict. Am I waxing soft, because maybe the violence is too much for me to enjoy? Maybe. At the same time, I always think about how cool it would be to fight a lethway.
An absolutely crazy counter-shot KO:
This is a really decent piece of art / science and includes a cat. These are three of five common suspects for this column, which were ticked off in a single video.
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