Khabib Denies Owing Russian Government Via Unpaid Taxes

May 15, 2024
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Khabib Denies Owing Russian Government Via Unpaid Taxes

Khabib Nurmagomedov has denied reports that he is in trouble with the Russian authorities for not paying the correct amount of taxes. 

The fighter is facing issues after suggestions that his tax affairs are under scrutiny. Reports stress that Khabib’s paperwork for his taxes showed that he had underpaid by 300 million rubles, equivalent to $3 million. The Russian authorities have frozen his accounts, and the fighter faces a battle to resolve the problem. 

Khabib left the UFC with an undefeated record of 29-0 in MMA. He secured massive wins against Dustin Poirier, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. He retired in 2020 at the top of his game. While he has been linked with a return to the sport, Khabib dismissed the possibility. This was following the passing of his father as he promised his mother that he would not fight again. 

Khabib’s Issue

“Because of I finish my career, because I promise mother, that’s why this one question, discussion between me and my mother become very famous. But we had a lot of different things people don’t know about this. Not only this promise. I follow not only this promise to my mother. I follow everything about Mother. You can have friends or kids, whatever. You can have whatever you want. But you’re never going to have one more mother. You have only one mother. For me, it’s everything. For me, it’s everything,” Nurmagomedov said

His tax troubles have raised questions about whether he will return to the UFC. But whether that happens depends on how Khabib resolves this issue. However, his team has responded by denying those claims.

UFC Paris

Elsewhere, the UFC has announced its return to Paris on September 28 from the Accor Arena. Paris has held two UFC events at the Accor Arena in the last two years, making this the third consecutive one. While no official fights have been announced, tickets will go on sale on July 5 at 10 a.m. local time. 

“We are returning to Paris for the third straight year. This is another one of those destinations that I would have to tell fans if you’ve never been to a fight in Paris, you should probably order your tickets now. See you there in September,” Dana White stated 

Ciryl Gane, the former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, has headlined on the previous two cards. The Frenchman stopped Tai Tuivasa in September 2022, earning him a shot at the vacant heavyweight title. However, he came up short, losing a first-round submission against Jon Jones at UFC 285. That was the second time Gane missed out on a world title after losing a unanimous decision against Francis Ngannou at UFC 270 in 2022. 

Gane then returned to Paris, securing a second-round TKO win against Serghei Spivac last year. He was linked with a fight against Tom Aspinall after the Brit claimed the Frenchman had ducked him. But since Aspinall will fight at UFC 304 on July 27, that leaves a short turnaround time to face Gane. With Gane not having fought since last September, his name will likely be considered for headlining this card. 

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