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UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov touches down in Australia days

UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov touches down in Australia days after scoffing at Conor McGregor’s pleas for a rematch

  • Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has landed in Melbourne for next leg of tour
  • The Russian prized fighter was pictured arriving at the city’s airport on Sunday 
  • He could be seen hugging AFL player Bachar Houli and sharing a conversation
  • Earlier this week the athlete gave a cutting response to suggestions of a rematch

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has landed in Melbourne for the next leg of his holiday-cum-promotional tour – just days after he shot down suggestions of a rematch against Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov was seen arriving at the city’s airport before hugging and chatting with Richmond Tigers AFL player Bachar Houli on Sunday. 

Flanked by private security throughout his tour of Australia, Nurmagomedov is one of the world’s biggest names in sport.

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has landed in Melbourne (pictured) for the next leg of his holiday-cum-promotional tour – a matter of days after he shot down suggestions he should have a rematch against Conor McGregor

Nurmagomedov was seen arriving at the city's airport (pictured) before hugging and chatting with Richmond Tigers AFL player Bachar Houli on Sunday

Nurmagomedov was seen arriving at the city’s airport (pictured) before hugging and chatting with Richmond Tigers AFL player Bachar Houli on Sunday

 The reigning UFC lightweight champion has been looking to make the most of his fan base down under - as well as enjoy a holiday

 The reigning UFC lightweight champion has been looking to make the most of his fan base down under – as well as enjoy a holiday

His much-heralded fight against McGregor in October drew almost 2.5 million pay-TV subscribers. 

The reigning UFC lightweight champion has been looking to make the most of his fan base while in Australia.

On Saturday night he held a one-off event for fans at Sydney’s Olympic Park.

He is due to host a similar event on Sunday – with access to the prized fighter, front-row seats and the opportunity to ask him questions on offer for a $999 price tag.

Earlier this week, the Russian superstar questioned a reporter who asked whether his Irish rival should be given another shot at winning against him. 

Nurmagomedov reportedly smirked and responded ‘Rematch for what?’ when approached by the journalist from TMZ Sports. 

His much-heralded fight against McGregor in October drew almost 2.5 million pay-TV subscribers (pictured)

His much-heralded fight against McGregor in October drew almost 2.5 million pay-TV subscribers (pictured)

The Dagistan fighter’s social media behaviour in recent months has also seemed to douse speculation of a rematch.

‘You will live with this shame all your life,’ the undefeated writer wrote in one post alongside a video of him strangling McGregor. 

Despite the war of words, UFC boss Dana White and Nurmagomedov’s representatives have said they want a rematch between the two in 2019.

The Dagistan fighter's social media behaviour in recent months has also seemed to douse speculation of a rematch

The Dagistan fighter’s social media behaviour in recent months has also seemed to douse speculation of a rematch

 

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