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Khabib Nurmagomedov News: PETA send a complaint to UFC after a video of the Lighweight Champion wrestling a bear emerges

Archie Blade

Khabib Nurmagomedov News: PETA send a complaint to UFC after a video of the Lighweight Champion wrestling a bear emerges

Khabib Nurmagomedov News: PETA send a complaint to UFC after a video of the Lighweight Champion wrestling a bear surfaces on the internet.

Khabib Nurmagomedov made the news last year after his post-match brawl with Connor McGregor. The consequence of which was a $500,000 fine and a 9-month suspension. He has since made his return to the UFC and reclaimed his Lightweight Championship.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06 2018: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is escorted out of the arena after defeating Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 event. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

He took on Dustin Poirier on 7th September 2019 in the main event of UFC 242 and beat the interim champion to once again become the UFC lightweight champion. With that, he has extended his winning streak to 28, the longest undefeated streak in the history of MMA.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

His victorious return has helped him receive a lot of plaudit from fans and experts. However, a video of him playfully wrestling a chained bear has landed him in hot water with the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, who have sent a complaint to the UFC over his conduct.

Stick to wrestling with willing humans

Elisa Allen, the UK director for PETA, told Business Insider:

“PETA encourages the UFC to evaluate its relationship with Mr. Nurmagomedov until he shows a clear change in attitude and a commitment to showing animals the respect that they deserve,” 

 “Wrestling with a chained bear is loathsome behavior that shows an utter lack of respect for and consideration of who these animals are.

“In the wild, bears roam across vast territories, foraging, swimming, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, searching for a mate and expressing other essential, natural types of behaviour.

“Those used in Russia for ‘boxing,’ ‘dancing’ or other archaic forms of entertainment are typically torn from their mothers as cubs, chained, caged, muzzled, beaten and deprived of everything that’s meaningful to them.

“PETA urges Mr Nurmagomedov to stick to wrestling with willing human opponents.”

You can watch the video here:

This is not the first time that Khabib has wrestled a bear. In fact, much of his notoriety stems from the fact that he would wrestle a bear in his backyard at the age of 9.

Khabib’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had said of the moment:

“A child always wants his father to see what his son is capable of.”

 “It is a pity that there was nothing more interesting when he was younger.

“In the end, this was a test of character more than exercise.”

Khabib is very likely going to face Tony Ferguson next by virtue of him being the no.1 contender after riding on a 12-win streak. A rematch with Connor McGregor is also a likely option in the future. However, Khabib maintains that he would like to fight Georges St-Pierre before he calls time on his career.

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Archie Blade

Archie Blade


Archie is a WWE and UFC Editor/Author at the SportsRush. Like most combat sports enthusiasts, his passion for watching people fight began with WWE when he witnessed a young Brock Lesnar massacre Hulk Hogan back in 2002. This very passion soon branched out to boxing and mixed martial arts. Over the years he fell in love with the theatrics that preceded the bell and the poetic carnage that followed after. Each bruise a story to tell, each wound a song of struggle, his greatest desire is to be there to witness it all. His favorite wrestler is Shawn Michaels and he believes that GSP is the greatest to ever step foot inside the octagon. Apart from wrestling, he is also fond of poetry and music.

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