Former UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov bumped right into a fellow fight sports activities icon when he met British boxing sensation Prince Naseem Hamed on a visit to Mecca throughout Ramadan.
Religious Muslim Khabib has been on a go to to the sacred Saudi Arabian web site, sharing photographs on Instagram together with associates together with Shamil Zavurov – who can be president of Khabib’s Eagle Combating Championship MMA promotion.
One acquainted face Khabib crossed paths with was Prince Naseem, the previous British featherweight boxing sensation who set the world alight along with his flamboyant shows after exploding onto the scene within the Nineties.
Khabib shared an image along with his 28 million Instagram followers of himself clasping arms with Hamed, who had one finger raised in direction of the previous UFC star.
“By accident met a legend in Mecca. Good to fulfill you Brother,” Khabib wrote within the accompanying caption.
The 47-year-old Hamed, a extra rotund determine than throughout his ring days, additionally shared the image on his Instagram account, writing: “The Eagle and The Prince! A pleasure to fulfill you brother.”
Commenting on the images, Khabib’s coach Javier Mendez wrote “he was a part of the large change in walkout entrances,” referring to the extravagant entrances Hamed placed on for followers at any time when he stepped between the ropes.
Hamed final fought in 2002 when he received the vacant IBO featherweight title by defeating Manuel Calvo by way of unanimous determination at Wembley.
The Sheffield-born star’s sole defeat in a glittering 37-fight profession got here towards Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas in April of 2001.
Famed for goading his opponents as he slipped punches, Hamed was broadly thought to be some of the thrilling and entertaining fighters of his era, who helped inject new ranges of showmanship into the game.
He was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame in 2016 and is ranked by ESPN as among the many high 25 pound-for-pound fighters of the final 25 years.
Khabib in the meantime continues to get pleasure from his retirement, having laid down his gloves after defeating Justin Gaethje of their light-weight title struggle final October to enhance his good skilled report to 29-0.
Khabib’s attentions have now turned to teaching teammates similar to relations Umar and Usman Nurmagomedov, whereas the 32-year-old Dagestani icon has myriad enterprise pursuits together with his Eagle FC promotion.