Ring girls in mixed martial arts are not going to like this.
Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t see a need to have ring girls in his promotion. The retired UFC fighter bought Russian MMA promotion Gorilla Fighting Championship and plans to have zero ring girls in his newly branded “Eagle Fighting Championship.”
“Look, I don’t want to offend anyone: Ring girls are the most useless people in martial arts,” Nurmagomedov said at a Moscow press conference. “What is their function? I have a question. You can show that it is the second round on the screen.
“I realize that is a history (behind ring card girls). History knows many mistakes. We read history to avoid mistakes of the past in the future. If we look in the history, it says they are useless. That is my personal opinion. Dana White maybe likes it. Maybe you do, too. But my name is not Dana. My name is Khabib.”
He went on to bring up an example of how uncomfortable he’d be if he attended an event with his father, who died in 2020, and ring girls were present.
“I sit with my father (at an event),” “Every person has his own preferences – the culture and values. I come to fight night (and) sit with my father. These (ring card girls) are passing by and showing people that it is the second round. But no one looks at the (round number). I feel uncomfortable with my father. I am not against it. If you want, you can do it. But don’t impose it to me. Do it aside. There are the designated places for it. I think we must not mix all of it. This is my (personal) opinion.”
He’s entitled to his opinion, but it doesn’t mean he won’t be blasted for it.