UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is the latest personality to be targeted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA which is an animal rights organisation.
PETA has demanded Khabib Nurmagomedov to stop fighting bears and has asked UFC to take action of the Dagestani’s “loathsome” behaviour.
“PETA encourages the UFC to evaluate its relationship with Mr. Nurmagomedov until he shows a clear change in attitude and a commitment to showing animals the respect that they deserve,” Elisa Allen, PETA UK Director, told Business Insider in an recent interview.
“Wrestling with a chained bear is loathsome behaviour that shows an utter lack of respect for and consideration of who these animals are. In the wild, bears roam across vast territories, foraging, swimming, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, searching for a mate, and expressing other essential, natural types of behaviour.
“Those used in Russia for ‘boxing,’ ‘dancing,’ or other archaic forms of entertainment are typically torn from their mothers as cubs, chained, caged, muzzled, beaten, and deprived of everything that’s meaningful to them. PETA urges Mr. Nurmagomedov to stick to wrestling with willing human opponents.” (H/T – Hindustantimes.com)
Khabib’s video of him wrestling a bear went viral back in 2017. In that video, he could be seen wrestling a bear. It was one of the techniques, his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov used to train Khabib.
He recently defended his UFC lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 which took place in Abu Dhabi. With that win, he improved his professional record to 28-0 inside the Octagon.