Why Khabib’s wife won’t be at Poirier fight… and why no-one knows who she is
The 'Eagle' is back in action tonight when he takes on Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.
The unbeaten UFC star hasn't entered the Octagon for a competitive bout since he defeated Conor McGregor last year and was subsequently banned for a huge brawl after the title fight had finished.
Nurmagomedov, 30, is unlikely to have his henchmen in attendance this time around.
And his wife is also unlikely to be in the middle east either as is normal when the Russian fights.
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Nurmagomedov married back in June 2013 – but has never revealed his wife's name or identity.
His better half has also never been seen out and about with the UFC champion, who wants to keep his private life private.
The couple have two children – a girl born in 2015 and a boy born two years later.
His daughter's name is unknown but reports suggest his son is called Mohammed.
The family live in Makhachkala in the Republic of Dagestan, which is located in the North Caucasus with Chechnya and Georgia to the west, Azerbaijan to the south and the Caspian Sea to the east.
Former opponent McGregor came under scrutiny last year when he took shots at Khabib's wife on Twitter.
Posting a photo of the Dagestan fighter and his wife, who was wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf hiding her face, the Irishman tweeted: "Your wife is a towel mate."
McGregor deleted the post after criticism but was slammed by Khabib's team.
"Talking s***, this guy is insulting someone's wife and making fun of her religion and belief," manager Ali Abdelaziz said on Twitter.
"He doesn't realise he's insulting 1.5 billon Muslims."
Khabib has yet to taste defeat in his 11-year-long career and is already contemplating retirement at the age of 30.
"I’m not a young fighter. I’ve already been champion for years," he said.
"I’ve already defended my title. This is my second defence.
"Of course, I don’t have a lot of fights ahead, because I don’t want to fight when I’m 40 years old. This isn’t my plan.”
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
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