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Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'I Know I Am The Champion Until This Day, Before Islam Makhachev Became Champion'

Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'I Know I Am The Champion Until This Day, Before Islam Makhachev Became Champion'

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Islam has been putting sensation since making his UFC debut and this got lightened up at UFC 280.

Makhachev faced Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 280 on October 22, 2022. Makhachev won the bout and the title in the second round via arm-triangle choke after knocking down Oliveira with a punch. With this win, he received the Performance of the Night bonus.



Khabib Nurmagomedov put in a request for the UFC after Islam Makhachev won the lightweight title at UFC 280.

“I told Dana, ‘I have to give him this belt, because I didn’t lose the belt,’ because I know I am the champion until this day, before Islam became champion,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN.com after Makhachev’s impressive submission win in Saturday’s pay-per-view headliner in Abu Dhabi.

“They said, ‘No problem. Take it. This is yours. This is Dagestani belt.’ They gave it to me, I put it on.”

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