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Khabib once ended up in an unlikely feud with "pointless" ring girls – and it lead to UFC's richest Octagon babe hitting back.
Khabib Nurmagomedov labelled UFC ring girls as pointless as the former world champion branded them "the most useless people in martial arts". The 33-year-old came under fire when he slammed ring girls last year, with mega-rich bikini model Arianny Celeste slating the former fighter.
Speaking at a Moscow press conference, the UFC legend said: “Look, I don’t want to offend anyone: Ring girls are the most useless people in martial arts. What is their function? I have a question. You can show that it is the second round on the screen.
“I realise that is history. 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.”
Since retiring from fighting, Khabib has gone into promotion and has said he will not use ring girls in any of his events. Ring girls' part in the sport has been a debated topic in recent years, with some people labelling them as sexist and unnecessary whereas some say it is part of the heritage of the sport.
Following Khabib's open dismay at ring girls, he came under fire from people in the sport, and most notably the richest and most recognisable Octagon babe there is. Arianny took to Instagram to share her response to Khabib two weeks after he criticised the profession.
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She wrote on her Instagram feed at the time: "I’ve work over 15 years in this industry and learned it’s easier just to simply NOT CARE.
"For 15 years we have been more than just ring girls – we have dedicated time in promoting ufc and showing love and time to our die hard fans through touring the world and personal appearances . And while the world is very different right now, I can still feel that energy and love every time we have a show with an audience.
"It’s taken me 15 years of hard work, dedication, and time to be:
•A bad ass independently wealthy female.
•A real estate investor and owner of not just 1 but 3 homes/properties one located in LA -which is expensive AF .
•and a female who is not afraid to take risks and build for my future.
"You can call us useless, but to people like me who have worked this hard, it slips right off my shoulders. My life is too good to be unhappy. You don’t have to like me, but you will respect me.
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"Last but not least, please tell me why reporters and have nothing better to talk about than the ring girls? There has to be way better things to ask about!! Next subject."
A few weeks later, Khabib was forced to address the claims and doubled down on his comments. The Russian MMA fighter said when speaking to RT Today last year: "Everybody has their own views on something. For example, a couple of months ago someone spoke about my own promotion, Eagle Fighting Championship (EFC), and asked why there are no ring girls there.
"I said it is because, in my opinion, there is no reason [for them]. Some people don't agree with this, but who cares? I don't care because I have my opinion."
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
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