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Khabib Nurmagomedov Doesn’t Want UFC Title Win to Change Him

April 10, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke with MMAjunkie following his UFC lightweight title win at UFC 223. Highlights are below:

On the attention that comes with his title win: “With the belt comes a lot of attention, a lot of money – crazy stuff, a lot of crazy stuff. I don’t want this belt to change me. I want to stay focused. Next month is Ramadan coming. After Ramadan I want to begin training, come back this year and defend this title. I’m a little bit worried about this belt. Sometime you think, ‘You’re UFC champion (and) a lot of stuff.’ But I’m a little bit scared about this. I don’t want to change. I want to be same Khabib, like, before belt and after the belt. This is not about me. This is about all people around me.”

On how he plans to handle the increased attention: “That’s a good question. I don’t know; we’re going to see. We’ll see.”