Khabib Nurmagomedov has been a long-time fan of Mike Tyson – and he had an opportunity to meet and talk with him during Tyson’s “Hotboxin'” podcast episode.
However, Khabib did not think too favorably of what took place during the episode. And no, it wasn’t anything that Tyson had said or similar; but moreover, about the way he behaved.
Specifically, Khabib was upset because Tyson appeared to be “high” due to weed use:
I didn’t like his look. I told him right away to get rid of all the things like smoke on the table. I didn’t like being there.
I liked more the way Cristiano Ronaldo were looking like.
Cristiano Ronaldo looked like an athlete.
Nevertheless, Nurmagomedov still had and still has a high degree of respect towards Mike.
He even shared with him that he was “a bit upset” about one match in particular…
I remember when you fight, I remember it was 23 February 2003, like 18 years ago.
You were supposed to fight Clifford Etienne, and I was like – week before the fight, like all Russian media show this fight of Mike Tyson, he’s gonna fight with Clifford Etienne.
And I remember, it is supposed to happen at five in the morning in Moscow time. I tell my father: “Please can you make me wake up, I really wanna watch this fight.”
And me and my father watch your fight.
But you make me a little bit upset because you knocked him out in first round. I was waiting for this all night…