The former longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov recently took a jibe at the veteran commentator, Joe Rogan, who made a blunder while calling Khabib’s cousin Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC 272.
Khabib Nurmagomedov takes a shot at Joe Rogan
The ever-so-controversial Joe Rogan conducts the post-fight interviews during pay-per-views, had a rare slip-up when he mispronounced the Russian fighter’s surname. On Instagram, the former UFC lightweight champion shared a video of Rogan’s blooper with the caption:
“[Joe Rogan] you should have remembered this name 😄 [Umar Nurmagomedov] is a problem 👊”
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Umar picked up a comprehensive win against opponent Brian Kelleher during last Saturday’s pay-per-view event. The Dagestani returned from the featherweight bout nearly untouched against Kelleher, who hardly made a work of Umar. Umar landed a head kick in the first round, prompting Kelleher to initiate the clinch.
From there, the undefeated prospect took his opponent’s back and locked in a rear-naked choke for the win. The victory marked 14 wins for the 26-year-old. His submission win over Kelleher marks his second victory under the UFC banner.
After earning a dominant win at UFC 272, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping noted that Umar could be the second version of Khabib. During an episode of his Believe You Me podcast with co-host Anthony Smith, ‘The Count’ said:
“Umar Nurmagomedov, I mean, it is the new [Khabib Nurmagomedov]. I mean, how impressive was he… Whatever weight division he is in, he’s gonna be a contender 100%.”
We will have to see how Umar continues to perform in the UFC octagon and if he can eclipse the accolades of his cousin.
Khabib’s last fight in the UFC came on October 24th of 2020 when ‘The Eagle’ took on Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. Khabib would end up winning that contest via submission in the first minute of the second round.