UFC news: Khabib Nurmagomedov once punched a fan right in the stomach

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UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov is no stranger to punching people, but on this occasion, it wasn't in the Octagon.

While meeting and greeting his fans, the UFC star was met with a rather strange request from one individual in particular.

One of his supporters asked him to strike him in the stomach. At first Khabib seemed stunned and began to laugh it off, but eventually, he decided to go along with it and grant the rather peculiar request.

While making sure that his follower was safe, Khabib asked the man to tense before the punch. Unfortunately, this didn't take away any of the power from the punch. 

As the reigning UFC lightweight champion struck the mid-section, you watch the fan drop down to his knees on impact before laughing it off and hugging his idol.

Khabib is known for having a very devoted following; many of his fans packed out theatres and cinema's to watch his fight with Conor McGregor. 

It is fair to say the fan must have regretted his request as his mates and others laughed as he hit the floor.

Khabib is currently awaiting for his next fight to be organised, but if reports are anything to go by, it seems he will be facing Justin Gaethje later this year. Khabib was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson, but for a fifth time in history the bout was cancelled due to the coronavirus and Khabib being stuck in his homeland of Russia.

Nurmagomedov's last fight was his win over the highly-rated Dustin Poirier, who Khabib defeated with a rear-naked choke. The Russian used his post-match press conference to reignite his rivalry with Conor McGregor, stating: "Poirier turned out to be a very serious opponent, by far tougher than McGregor."

He has recently stated that the major difference between him and his Irish rival is desire. Khabib aims to be the best fighter in the whole world, not just in his country, and every time he trains is to be able to fight the best athletes on the planet.

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