Khabib Nurmagomedov storms out of press conferences – Reporters baffled!

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov didn't even let the scheduled press conference begin before he left all the local media flabbergasted

Yesterday’s Moscow press conference was brought to a screeching halt after that Khabib Nurmagomedov left without warning. 

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has reached a true pinnacle in his career, still undefeated and with two title defences under him. Yesterday there was a press conference held for Nurmagomedov in Moscow – That he wanted no part of. According to Russian outlet RT, the media on site were told that the UFC champ’s presence would be delayed due to technical issues. When a group of media members left the room, they spotted Nurmagomedov leaving the event without warning.


“He has a meeting in the Kremlin in the next hour,” said Alexander Zagorsky, host at the press conference. However, circa an hour after this statement, a video of Nurmagomedov running on a treadmill was posted on social media.

Nurmagomedov is coming off of his second title defence. At UFC 242 he submitted Dustin Poirier in the third round of a dominant performance. That was his second straight submission win after tapping out Conor McGregor. While hailed as one of the pound-for-pound greats, Nurmagomedov has been criticised for some of his behaviour outside of the cage.

Nurmagomedov himself has not left an explanation for why he left the press conference, it remains to be seen what his reasons were.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for