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Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t have time for MMA reporters and their ‘stupid’ questions

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

I’ve never been to Russia and I don’t know the difference between Dagestan and Chechnya. Should I? I dunno, I mean it’s hard enough to figure out where shit is in my own country (United States), so I don’t feel that guilty about my international ignorance.

And hey, I can (almost) sing the entire “Back in the U.S.S.R.” song by The Beatles!

That’s why I tend to keep my mouth shut about politics and geography at the UFC press conferences that I’m not welcome at and don’t attend, because I don’t want overseas champions like Khabib Nurmagomedov reminding me how stupid I sound.

I have you, the loyal reader, to handle that responsibility.

Unfortunately, one of my comrades over at was not as fortunate, and tried to pull off some of that investigative journalism, or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days, only to get shut down like W.O.P.R. at the end of War Games.

“I always do (represent Russia),” Nurmagomedov said when asked if he represented Dagestan over Russia. “There is always a Russian flag on the screen. Everyone in the States, who doesn’t know what Dagestan, Chechnya or Caucasus is, calls me Russian.”

“And all the foreign fighters, in case you didn’t notice, are calling me Russian,” he added. “So for them, we are one nation, for them we are the same people. It’s important for our own people not to divide (us). For people like you are. And not to ask me such stupid questions.”

Former lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, tried to inject politics into their 155-pound feud earlier this year, taking swipes at “The Eagle” and his loose ties to that bearded lunatic who hates gays and makes toddlers fight MMA.

It was just one of many jedi mind tricks McGregor employs leading up to fight night. It didn't work against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and it had little effect on Nurmagomedov, who submitted “Notorious” in their UFC 229 headliner last October.

And while we’re on the topic of stupid questions, is anyone going to see Aquaman this weekend? I was kind of hoping for a Slizzath cameo...

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