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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov visits Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
19 April
Campus news

​On April 19, 2018, a UFC lightweight champion, Cup winner and hand-to-hand combat champion of Eurasia, a combat sambo champion of Russia, two-times combat sambo world champion, the pankration champion of Europe, grappling world champion according to NAGA Grappling, the Atrium Cup in the pankration winner of 2008, Khabib Nurmagomedov.


Vice-rector for additional education and branches Asali Asaliyev opened the meeting with the fighter. He stressed in his speech that Khabib Nurmagomedov is a student of PRUE, and the whole University is proud of his achievements in sports. "All you have done, Khabib, is the result of not only your natural characteristics, but a great work, and we are glad to have such hardworking students at our University" – outlined Vice-rector.


The meeting was in a "Q&A" format, within which the champion answered students and guests' of Plekhanov University questions; however, before the interview Khabib shared his stiry of success: "First of all, it is about practice. Everyday workouts, persistence and willpower. I often travel to other countries, so I have to learn foreign languages, get to know new people, their traditions and morals. In a nutshell, there is always learning".


Khabib told students and guests about his plans for the near future, what countries he was going to, and what performances in UFC and what fight he was waiting for most of all. Many students congratulated the fighter on his Сhampion title, wished him further victories, and invited him to visit their cities.


Speaking about feelings, Khabib experienced after receiving the UFC belt, the fighter made a joke: "I did not realize that straight away. They had used to just raise my hand, and then they put the belt on me".


Khabib informed, "The story with Tony Ferguson has not finished yet, there would be another fight at least". However, after Ferguson's injury, the fight date was still unknown. The champion said that he wanted to fight in Russia, but everything depended on UFC: "I am a champion now, and UFC will put me in large fights, make paid broadcasts, so I cannot say when exactly I will fight in Russia".


Students asked him mostly about his sports career: his coach, physical activity, leisure time and recuperation after fights.


At the end of the meeting, vice-rector for additional education and branches A. Asaliyev gave the champion Certificate of Honor from the rector of PRUE for the achievements in sports, and memorable gifts.