Khabib Nurmagomedov considered himself an ardent admirer of former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
But he shared an unexpected perspective on their in-person interaction. Despite cherishing Tyson’s athletic prowess from a distance, Nurmagomedov expressed discomfort during a face-to-face encounter on the Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast.
During a conversation with Tyson, also featuring ex-UFC world champion Henry Cejudo, Nurmagomedov disclosed his reservations about being on the podcast. He recounted feeling uneasy in the presence of his childhood idol.
In response to a reporter’s inquiry about feeling intimidated, the 29-0 ex-UFC athlete stated:
“I didn’t like his look. I told him right away to get rid of all the things like smoke on the table. I didn’t like being there. I liked more the way Cristiano Ronaldo looked. He looks like an athlete,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said.
The discomfort, as revealed by Nurmagomedov, stemmed from the podcast’s setting at Tyson’s ranch. He specifically requested the
Nurmagomedov reminisced about visiting Tyson’s home, emphasizing the dreamlike experience. In juxtaposition, his camaraderie with Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, portrayed a more comfortable dynamic.
The podcast episode featuring Nurmagomedov garnered attention, and Tyson faced criticism for the perceived discomfort experienced by ‘The Eagle.’
This incident raised questions about the relative stardom of Khabib Nurmagomedov compared to Mike Tyson.
While Tyson boasts a formidable 50-6 record in boxing, Nurmagomedov’s flawless 29-0 record in mixed martial arts adds a unique dimension to the comparison. Despite the statistical achievements, the intangible aura of Tyson’s events remains incomparable. Nurmagomedov, retiring undefeated and undamaged inside the Octagon, still contends with Tyson’s enduring legacy.
Nurmagomedov is a devout Muslim and as such has gotten himself into hot water periodically, mainly with his views on gender politics, women’s role in the gym, in society and more.