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World leaders seem to be increasingly interested in the world of MMA. Just months after Donald Trump and his family threw their support behind Colby Covington, the latest demonstration of Habib Nurmagomedov's dominance against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 led to an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A meeting with a figure like Putin already threatens on many levels, but Putin's background as a skilful judoka allowed the two to discuss more than a strategy to combat the surface level. See the full interview below:
After congratulating Habib and his father on their victory, Putin complimented Nurmagomedov on finishing technique, noting that he "squeezed properly on both sides." However, when Nurmagomedov talking about the short decision to stand with Poirier rather than fight immediately, Putin chastised him for "having to use your competitive advantage."
Perhaps most interesting is that Nurmagomedov revealed that he had deliberately offered Poirier the guillotine to reach the highest position and to Aimee Poirier of power – a decision that Putin admitted for "Risky" and Nurmagomedov admitted that creates more problems than expected. Overall, however, Putin praised his performance as "a very good fight, beautiful and honest."
I must imagine that Yair Rodriguez would make an excellent professional fighter.
Marcelo Garcia is an absolute legend and this match is available on YouTube for those who have not seen the true human back at best.
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I plan to try insects while Thailand, but I don't expect to enjoy them more than James Vic.
The same skill forever!
I guess this meeting was about touching Habib with fewer nerves.
Slips, tears and KO clips
Lethwei clips leave me in conflict. I'm getting soft because the violence may just be too much to enjoy? Perhaps. At the same time, watching these videos always makes me wonder how cool it would be to have a fight with Lethwei.
Absolutely Insane Counter Shot KO:
This is a really neat work of art / science and includes a cat. These are three of the five usual suspects for this column tagged in one video! More and more martial arts madness is always on the way.