Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘really wants to watch Liverpool and Manchester City’ on Premier League-inspired trip to England after UFC 254 title defence against Justin Gaethje
- Khabib Nurmagomedov is huge football fan and wants to watch Premier League
- Having cut weight ahead of UFC 254 Justin Gaethje clash, he admitted relief
- Russian is looking forward to time off and will travel to England after title fight
- He said: ‘I really want to watch a lot of games, Liverpool, Manchester City’
Khabib Nurmagomedov plans on jetting over to England to watch some Premier League games after his UFC 254 showdown with Justin Gaethje.
The lightweight champion successfully tipped the scales at 155-pounds on Friday to overcome the final hurdle before fight night but is already planning so much-needed time off after Saturday’s main event.
He told BT Sport: ‘After this fight I’m going to travel a lot, come to London. I really want to watch a lot of games, Manchester, Liverpool, Manchester City, I really want to come.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is planning on visiting England to watch some Premier League games
Anfield is one of the places Khabib wants to watch a game if possible this year
‘I know they have great stadiums with big, big, big history, I know without crowds but we will see. In November they have great matches so see you there.’
Khabib is a huge football fan and supports Real Madrid but has a soft spot for Liverpool.
Last year he told BT Sport: ‘I like Liverpool. I remember when I was a kid in 2005 when I watched Liverpool versus Milan, in Dagestan. We had a big screen TV on the beach, thousands of people [were] watching this match.
‘And when they were losing after the first half 3-0, and I really believed, ‘They have to come back, they have to come back’ because I liked the team. “It was Milan Baros, [Vladimir] Smicer, [John Arne] Riise, [Sami] Hyypia. I remember this. Stevie Gerrard!
‘It was a very good team, but right now they have a very good team too. I watch all the Champions League matches and Liverpool. But I’m a big fan of Real Madrid.’
‘But I like English Premier League, even if the worst teams are playing, they have the best games.’
For now though, Khabib’s focus will be on the task at hand, attempting to defend his title and move to 29-0.
The wait is almost over for Saturday night’s highly-anticipated main event showdown
He admitted the weight cut was arduous, saying: ‘It was a hard night like always when I’m cutting weight. It is never going to be easy. Even if you cut a couple of pounds or 20 pounds, it will be the same. Cutting weight is always hard.
‘Last time I made weight I went first, this time I made weight and went first, when you’re a champion you have to show great example. I want to be first everywhere. If I do push-ups with my team-mates, running up a mountain, I want to be first always.’
And his gameplan remains the same, to maul Gaethje as he’s done to every other opponent: ‘Nothing has changed, I just want to make this guy tired and finish him,’ he concluded.
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