Michael Chandler: Dagestanis and Russians agree Im the only one to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Michael Chandler: Dagestanis and Russians agree I\m the only one to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov
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CONOR McGregor fan David Martin has revealed he climbed into the Octagon to protect his fellow countryman after his shock defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

McGregor was reportedly punched by a member of Nurmagomedovs team and Martin, 41, decided to check on him.

He clambered over his cage-side seat into the Octagon to check on the former two-division champion. 

“We should be inspiring kids and not shocking them,” the Seoul-based featherweight said ahead of this weeks Angels Fighting MMA event in Seoul, where all profits pay medical expenses for terminally ill children.

Martin told USA Today: “I wouldnt say adrenaline took over, I’d say patriotism took over first.

Chan was speaking at his Korean Zombie Gym in Seoul as he prepared to fly out for his next fight, against the UFCs former champion and third-ranked featherweight Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.

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“I thought Russia was attacking Ireland. I thought a bunch of Russians were jumping in and this guy McGregor was tired and beaten down from the fight and was being attacked by what I thought were a bunch of Russian fans. 

If he finds a way past the American veteran, the Korean fighter is expected to get a second shot at the featherweight title – and the chance to become the UFCs first Asian world champion.

“I leaped over and saw the door open and I wanted to get in there and protect my countryman. ”

“I needed to step in. I was thinking my country was calling for me right now and I’m going in.

“Fighters are emerging from all over Asia, and from South Korea,” said Chan. “The image of the sport has improved and it is up to us as martial artists to make sure this continues.”

“Conor was about to get attacked…I leaped over and saw the door open and I wanted to get in there and protect my countryman. 

His mum fumed: “Its whats going to happen outside that Im more afraid of…What’s happened to him? 

Chans “Zombie” tag comes from his ability to keep moving forward into battle, even when under a barrage, and he is level-headed about the challenge posed by Edgar.

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Daily Star Online revealed earlier this week how Nurmagomedov now wants to fight the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, who himself pummelled McGregor with a 10th-round stoppage last year.

He went 3-0 before losing to then-featherweight champion Jose “Scarface” Aldo, dislocating his shoulder throwing a huge right before losing via TKO in the fourth.

In footage, Khabib is heard saying: “Lets go Floyd we have to fight now – 50-0 vs 27-0 – two guys who never lose. Lets go, why not?

At the Angels Fighting event, Chan was in the corner for a fighter from his gym. He said such charity initiatives showed MMA could have a positive impact.

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Chan “The Korean Zombie” Sung-jung said the post-fight violence, when Nurmagomedov and his team attacked McGregor and his entourage in images beamed around the world, had set back attempts to clean up MMAs image.

But Chan said his time away from the cage – which also brought the birth of three children, aged four to three months – had put life into perspective.

“We should be inspiring kids and not shocking them,” the Seoul-based featherweight said ahead of this weeks Angels Fighting MMA event in Seoul, where all profits pay medical expenses for terminally ill children.

“Hyping up the fight is understandable but violence outside the cage is a no-go. We are adults and should remember the impact what we do has on kids.”

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“As martial artists we are role models,” added Chan, who is ranked 10th in the world by the UFC in his weight division.

“Hyping up the fight is understandable but violence outside the cage is a no-go. We are adults and should remember the impact what we do has on kids.”

Floyd says he saw an interview where Khabib was talking trash about Floyd — saying he couldnt knock Conor down in their boxing match while Khabib put Conor on the canvas in UFC 229. 

Chan was speaking at his Korean Zombie Gym in Seoul as he prepared to fly out for his next fight, against the UFCs former champion and third-ranked featherweight Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.

The bout will headline the UFCs 25th-anniversary fight card in Denver on November 10, reflecting Chans stature and the sports global reach.

If he finds a way past the American veteran, the Korean fighter is expected to get a second shot at the featherweight title –- and the chance to become the UFCs first Asian world champion.

“Fighters are emerging from all over Asia, and from South Korea,” said Chan. “The image of the sport has improved and it is up to us as martial artists to make sure this continues.”

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Chans “Zombie” tag comes from his ability to keep moving forward into battle, even when under a barrage, and he is level-headed about the challenge posed by Edgar.

“Im my own boss,” Floyd said in Bev Hills … “So, I cant say whats going on on Khabibs end. But, on my end, we can make it happen.”

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“I know he will try to wear me down, try to exhaust me, but I am ready for that,” said Chan. “My stamina is very good.”

Floyd tells us he aint getting in the Octagon with Khabib — if he wants to brawl, itll be in Floyds discipline. 

Chan seemed destined for the top after joining the UFC in 2011, after starring on the domestic scene in South Korea.

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He went 3-0 before losing to then-featherweight champion Jose “Scarface” Aldo, dislocating his shoulder throwing a huge right before losing via TKO in the fourth.

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Following South Koreas compulsory military service and a knee injury, Chan exploded back on to the scene with a first-round knockout of Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez in February 2017.

Now with a career record of 14 wins and four losses, Chan will be faced with his biggest challenge yet against Edgar (23-6-1), the 36-year-old former UFC lightweight champion.

But Chan said his time away from the cage –- which also brought the birth of three children, aged four to three months –- had put life into perspective.

At the Angels Fighting event, Chan was in the corner for a fighter from his gym. He said such charity initiatives showed MMA could have a positive impact.

“In the past the image (of MMA) has not been great but we are seeing this change, and everything is looking positive,” said Chan.

“A while back I used to fight for myself, for fame. But now family overrides that and I am fighting for my family.”


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