Usman Nurmagomedov said that performances without the Russian flag do not make much difference
Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Usman Nurmagomedov, who is the cousin of former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, appreciated the ban on the Russian flag at Bellator. His words are quoted by Sport-Express.
“They may or may not put up Russian flags. It probably upsets them that the belts are flying to Russia. And so it’s a fact that the belts are in Russia, whether they put up flags or not, ”said the athlete. He emphasized that performances without a flag do not make much difference.
On November 19, Usman Nurmagomedov defeated Brazilian Patrick Freire at the Bellator 288 tournament by unanimous decision and became the Bellator lightweight champion. He is an undefeated fighter. The athlete has a series of 13 victories.
On April 18, Russian fighter Vadim Nemkov explained why the organizers of the Bellator 277 tournament refused to use the flag of his country. The athlete explained the absence of the tricolor by the unwillingness to escalate the situation.