UFC Referee Herb Dean Revealed Khabib Nurmagomedov Trash Talks the Entire Time He’s Fighting

Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant champs in UFC history, and he’s usually a no-nonsense type of guy. That said, while he doesn’t do much trash talking before the fight, he does plenty of trash-talking during the fight. Here’s a look at what Khabib Nurmagomedov says to his opponents when he’s smashing them. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov is very talkative in the ring

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Like UFC referee Herb Dean told Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience, Nurmagomedov is often talking to his opponents as he’s fighting them. This isn’t especially uncommon, as many fighters like to talk to their opponents as they fight. However, it’s rather surprising that Nurmagomedov is so talkative in the ring since he’s a reserved and quieter person outside of the ring. 

That said, since he’s primarily a wrestler, it’s very easy for him to talk to his opponents since he’s often laying on top of his foes. However, while sometimes he’s trash talking his opponent, other times he’s just talking to them as if they’re a regular person.

For example, he was apparently talking trash to Conor McGregor as he was beating McGregor up, but he was actually pleading with Michael Johnson to give up when he was beating Johnson up.

What Khabib Nurmagomedov said to his foes

Herb Dean pulls Khabib Nurmagomedov off of Conor McGregor
Herb Dean pulls Khabib Nurmagomedov off of Conor McGregor after a fight | Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

In McGregor’s case, the Russian champ chose to talk trash to him likely due to all the bad blood between the two men. McGregor famously attacked the bus that he and his team were traveling in.

On top of this, McGregor fired a barrage of insults and trash talk in the build-up to the fight, and while Nurmagomedov remained cool and calm before the fight, he really let it all out during the fight. 

Like Rogan said, Nurmagomedov was telling McGregor “Let’s talk now,” as he was beating McGregor up in the ring. McGregor obviously could barely talk back, as Nurmagomedov was simply so dominant in the fight. 

On the other hand, Nurmagomedov fought Johnson before he won the title. While Johnson had asked to fight Nurmagomedov specifically, Nurmagomedov clearly didn’t have any bad blood for Johnson. Nurmagomedov said to Johnson, as he was beating him up, “I need to fight for the title. You know this. I deserve it.” 

Dean also told Rogan that he thought that Nurmagomedov sounded like he “really cares about” Johnson’s well-being. At one point in the fight, Nurmagomedov even told Johnson that “You have to give up.” Surely enough, Nurmagomedov got a hold of Johnson’s arm and he was able to submit him.

A truly devastating fighter

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wrestling-heavy fighting style is extremely successful, as few people have been able to shake him off of them. Once Nurmagomedov gets a hold of someone, he typically doesn’t let them go unless he wants to. And after he gets a hold of them, he usually rains down punches, elbows, and all the meanwhile, he’s looking for a way to submit his foe. 

This makes him very hard to fight physically speaking, but his trash talking during the fight makes him hard to fight mentally speaking, too. Fighters are tough people, and fighters are typically as strong mentally as they are physically. However, few fighters will have a mental warfare game plan, and it seems like Nurmagomedov is one of the fighters that does have one. 

By smashing his opponents physically while talking trash to them, Nurmagomedov is able to break his opponents on both fronts. His wrestling, as well as his impressive cardio, means that he can keep fighting forever, while his trash talk as well as his punches simply make his opponents want to quit. And that’s usually what happens.