Michael Bisping weighs in on Khabib Nurmagomedov tax fraud allegations: ‘Come on brother, pay tax’

Michael Bisping weighs in on Khabib Nurmagomedov tax fraud allegations: 'Come on brother, pay tax'Michael Bisping can’t see Khabib Nurmagomedov facing any major penalties or punishment for his alleged tax fraud in his…

Michael Bisping weighs in on Khabib Nurmagomedov tax fraud allegations: 'Come on brother, pay tax'

Michael Bisping can’t see Khabib Nurmagomedov facing any major penalties or punishment for his alleged tax fraud in his home country of Russia.

Earlier this week, a report from Mash claimed that ‘The Eagle’ owed 306 million rubles, or $3.3 million, to the Russian Federal Tax Service after allegedly diverting funds earmarked for his tax bill into business ventures outside of the country. As a result, multiple accounts associated with Nurmagomedov’s businesses, including his MMA promotion Eagle FC, were frozen.

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If guilty, Nurmagomedov could face steep fines and potential jail time, but one UFC Hall of Famer doesn’t believe it will come to that.

“Khabib has represented Russia on the world stage for a long time and Russia’s, just like every bloody government, crooked as hell, and Russia is right up there with the best,” Michael Bisping said during a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast with Anthony Smith.

“But I would think that with Khabib being one of theirs, he’s pretty tight with Putin, that’s what I’m trying to say. With him f*cking repping Russia to the highest, it’s like pull him to one side like, ‘You little d*ck head. What you doing? You gotta pay your taxes. What is this bullsh*t? Come on brother, pay tax’” (h/t BJPenn.com).

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Team Denies Reports of Tax Fraud

Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team have denied the allegations. In a statement to TASS, they said: “The information about tax debt is inaccurate. Khabib continues to engage in business projects and develop them.”

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‘The Eagle’ walked away from the UFC in late 2020 following his third-straight lightweight title defense against Justin Gaethje. He retired with a perfect 29-0 record and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2022. From the moment he laid down his gloves, rumors have persisted that he would one day return to try and pick up his 30th career win.

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Thus far, those reports have been proven false, but with Nurmagomedov’s reported tax trouble, fight fans are once again holding out hope that the Dagestani star will make a comeback.

Michael Bisping welcomes trilogy fight with rival Luke Rockhold with Karate Combat: ‘I’d do it, 100 percent’

Michael Bisping welcomes trilogy fight with Luke Rockhold in Karate Combat I'd do it 100 percentMichael Bisping could be coming out of retirement to face Luke Rockhold at Karate Combat. Rockhold is coming off…

Michael Bisping welcomes trilogy fight with Luke Rockhold in Karate Combat I'd do it 100 percent

Michael Bisping could be coming out of retirement to face Luke Rockhold at Karate Combat.

Rockhold is coming off a knockout win over Joe Schilling in his Karate Combat debut over the weekend. It was a great performance from the former UFC middleweight champion, and now, Bisping says he’s interested in the trilogy match with Rockhold.

“Luke Rockhold [vs. Joe Schilling], I was doing a live to it, and everyone’s like, ‘You gotta do the trilogy.’ I’ll do Karate Kombat against Luke Rockhold. I’ll do it. I will have a trilogy with Luke Rockhold in Karate Kombat. I would love to… This is gathering momentum a little too quickly, let me see my hip doctor first and get my neck sorted. I’m joking. I’d do it. 100% I would,” Bisping said on his podcast.

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Michael Bisping welcomes trilogy bout with Luke Rockhold

If Karate Combat can sign Michael Bisping and make the trilogy with Luke Rockhold, it would be a massive fight for the promotion to secure. But, whether or not Bisping can be cleared with his eye is uncertain.

Luke Rockhold shows interest in Lyoto Machida rematch

Although Michael Bisping is interested in having his trilogy with Luke Rockhold at Karate Combat, the former middleweight champion called out Lyoto Machida.

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Rockhold and Machida fought in the UFC in 2015 and Rockhold won by submission, which was the fight that got him the title shot. After his knockout over Joe Schilling, he called out Machida for his next appearance in Karate Combat.

Luke Rockhold eyes potential UFC return despite retiring it's on my terms

“There’s only one man I wanna fight in this pit, and that’s Lyoto Machida,” Rockhold said in his post-fight interview in Dubai (via MMAFighting). “And you’re lucky because they don’t allow elbows, so no more f****** nightmares about the elbows. Bring it. Let’s see what you got, let’s see what your paychecks look like. Bring out that chequebook. Lyoto, I know you need a payday, motherf*cker. Come get it.”

Rockhold has options for his next fight as both Bisping and Machida have now expressed interest in fighting him in Karate Combat.

Bo Nickal touted as ‘American Khabib Nurmagomedov’ ahead of UFC 300 return: ‘He’s phenomenal’

Bo Nickal touted as American Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 300 he's phenomenalSet to make his third walk under the promotion’s banner at UFC 300 this weekend, unbeaten middleweight contender, Bo…

Bo Nickal touted as American Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 300 he's phenomenal

Set to make his third walk under the promotion’s banner at UFC 300 this weekend, unbeaten middleweight contender, Bo Nickal most certainly has the ability to be a future American-version of Hall of Fame star, Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to former titleholder, Michael Bisping. 

Nickal, who makes his return to the Octagon almost a year since his last outing, makes a highly-scrutinized main card appearance at the massive UFC 300 card this weekend, taking on Cody Brundage in search of his third straight victory.

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A decorated amateur wrestling talent, Colorado native, Nickal – who twice prevailed with victories on Dana White’s Contender Series – has so far racked up a submission win and knockout stoppage over both Jamie Pickett, and Val Woodburn, respectively, the most recent of which last July.

Bo Nickal receives comparisons to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Touted as a massive prospect at the middleweight limit – and to many, a future title challenger, Nickal has been backed as a candidate to become an ‘American-version’ of former lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov, according to color-commentator, Bisping.

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“Bo Nickal has the potential to go down as one of the greatest champions that we’ve ever seen – an American version of a Khamzat Chimaev or an Islam Makhachev or a Khabib Nurmagomedov,” Michael Bisping told MMA Fighting. “That’s the kind of pedigree that he has, and that’s what he’s shown so far.”

“When you reach the level Bo Nickal has in wrestling, you’re a special kind of human being. …Bo Nickal has got the ability to be an American Khabib Nurmagomedov,” Bisping explained. “And he’s a great guy. He’s phenomenal. He’s undefeated. The UFC know what they have on their hands.”

Bo Nickal stokes fan outcry over main card fight at UFC 300 I like that it makes people mad
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Arguing his case to feature on the main card of UFC 300 – above a slew of former champions who remain seated on the preliminary card, Nickal claims the reasoning for his placement on the pay-per-view portion of the event likely translates to his ability to sell.

Do you think Bo Nickal can reach the heights of Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Bo Nickal touted as ‘American Khabib Nurmagomedov’ ahead of UFC 300 return: ‘He’s phenomenal’

Bo Nickal touted as American Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 300 he's phenomenalSet to make his third walk under the promotion’s banner at UFC 300 this weekend, unbeaten middleweight contender, Bo…

Bo Nickal touted as American Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 300 he's phenomenal

Set to make his third walk under the promotion’s banner at UFC 300 this weekend, unbeaten middleweight contender, Bo Nickal most certainly has the ability to be a future American-version of Hall of Fame star, Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to former titleholder, Michael Bisping. 

Nickal, who makes his return to the Octagon almost a year since his last outing, makes a highly-scrutinized main card appearance at the massive UFC 300 card this weekend, taking on Cody Brundage in search of his third straight victory.

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A decorated amateur wrestling talent, Colorado native, Nickal – who twice prevailed with victories on Dana White’s Contender Series – has so far racked up a submission win and knockout stoppage over both Jamie Pickett, and Val Woodburn, respectively, the most recent of which last July.

Bo Nickal receives comparisons to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Touted as a massive prospect at the middleweight limit – and to many, a future title challenger, Nickal has been backed as a candidate to become an ‘American-version’ of former lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov, according to color-commentator, Bisping.

Khabib Nurmagomedov denounces Power Slap League don't slap nobody no good UFC
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“Bo Nickal has the potential to go down as one of the greatest champions that we’ve ever seen – an American version of a Khamzat Chimaev or an Islam Makhachev or a Khabib Nurmagomedov,” Michael Bisping told MMA Fighting. “That’s the kind of pedigree that he has, and that’s what he’s shown so far.”

“When you reach the level Bo Nickal has in wrestling, you’re a special kind of human being. …Bo Nickal has got the ability to be an American Khabib Nurmagomedov,” Bisping explained. “And he’s a great guy. He’s phenomenal. He’s undefeated. The UFC know what they have on their hands.”

Bo Nickal stokes fan outcry over main card fight at UFC 300 I like that it makes people mad
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Arguing his case to feature on the main card of UFC 300 – above a slew of former champions who remain seated on the preliminary card, Nickal claims the reasoning for his placement on the pay-per-view portion of the event likely translates to his ability to sell.

Do you think Bo Nickal can reach the heights of Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Bo Nickal touted as ‘American Khabib Nurmagomedov’ ahead of UFC 300 return: ‘He’s phenomenal’

Bo Nickal touted as American Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 300 he's phenomenalSet to make his third walk under the promotion’s banner at UFC 300 this weekend, unbeaten middleweight contender, Bo…

Bo Nickal touted as American Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 300 he's phenomenal

Set to make his third walk under the promotion’s banner at UFC 300 this weekend, unbeaten middleweight contender, Bo Nickal most certainly has the ability to be a future American-version of Hall of Fame star, Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to former titleholder, Michael Bisping. 

Nickal, who makes his return to the Octagon almost a year since his last outing, makes a highly-scrutinized main card appearance at the massive UFC 300 card this weekend, taking on Cody Brundage in search of his third straight victory.

Bo Nickal UFC 290 Cooper Neil Zuffa LLC

A decorated amateur wrestling talent, Colorado native, Nickal – who twice prevailed with victories on Dana White’s Contender Series – has so far racked up a submission win and knockout stoppage over both Jamie Pickett, and Val Woodburn, respectively, the most recent of which last July.

Bo Nickal receives comparisons to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Touted as a massive prospect at the middleweight limit – and to many, a future title challenger, Nickal has been backed as a candidate to become an ‘American-version’ of former lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov, according to color-commentator, Bisping.

Khabib Nurmagomedov denounces Power Slap League don't slap nobody no good UFC
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“Bo Nickal has the potential to go down as one of the greatest champions that we’ve ever seen – an American version of a Khamzat Chimaev or an Islam Makhachev or a Khabib Nurmagomedov,” Michael Bisping told MMA Fighting. “That’s the kind of pedigree that he has, and that’s what he’s shown so far.”

“When you reach the level Bo Nickal has in wrestling, you’re a special kind of human being. …Bo Nickal has got the ability to be an American Khabib Nurmagomedov,” Bisping explained. “And he’s a great guy. He’s phenomenal. He’s undefeated. The UFC know what they have on their hands.”

Bo Nickal stokes fan outcry over main card fight at UFC 300 I like that it makes people mad
Mandatory Credit: Cooper Neil – Zuffa LLC

Arguing his case to feature on the main card of UFC 300 – above a slew of former champions who remain seated on the preliminary card, Nickal claims the reasoning for his placement on the pay-per-view portion of the event likely translates to his ability to sell.

Do you think Bo Nickal can reach the heights of Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Michael Bisping unsure Khamzat Chimaev is ready for UFC Saudi Arabia headliner: ‘He always gasses’

Michael Bisping issues warning to Khamzat Chimaev over UFC Saudi Arabia main event he always gassesFormer undisputed middleweight champion, Michael Bisping claims unbeaten contender, Khamzat Chimaev and his corner should be majorily concerned about…

Michael Bisping issues warning to Khamzat Chimaev over UFC Saudi Arabia main event he always gasses

Former undisputed middleweight champion, Michael Bisping claims unbeaten contender, Khamzat Chimaev and his corner should be majorily concerned about his fight with Robert Whittaker at UFC Saudi Arabia in June – claiming the Chechen more often than not looked severely fatigued at some stage in his fights.

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Chimaev, the current number eleven ranked middleweight contender, has been sidelined since he returned to the division at UFC 294 back in October of last year against former champion, Kamaru Usman, narrowly defeating the Auchi native over the course of three rounds.

Michael Bisping calls into question Khamzat Chimaev’s going ability

And drawing former middleweight champion, Whittaker in a massive title-eliminator atop a UFC on ABC 6 card in the summer, Chimaev has been issued a word of warning by Hall of Fame inductee, Bisping, who claimed the Chechen is likely to gas once more in his high-stakes clash.

Robert Whittaker closing as betting favorite to beat Paulo Costa at UFC 298

“Automatically, if you’re in the corner of Khamzat Chimaev, you’ve got to be concerned,” Michael Bisping said on his podcast, Believe You Me. “One thing Robert Whittaker is not going to do is run out of gas. He’s a very, very experienced fighter, fighting at the highest level for a long time. Without getting into the Xs and Os, the obvious things is Khamzat always gasses.”

“He’s a tremendous force of nature, the way he takes people down and dominates them right from the opening bell,” Bisping explained. “He did the same thing against Kamaru Usman. Granted, didn’t get the finish, but he definitely did slow down. Against Gilbert Burns, same thing. He had a great round one, [rounds] two and three were kind of close. Five rounds against somebody like Robert Whittaker, if he can’t finish him early, that could be a disastrous night for him in Saudi Arabia.” 

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Himself returning at UFC 298 back in February in a co-main event slot, Whittaker turned in a unanimous decision victory over former middleweight title challenger, Paulo Costa.

Who wins at UFC Saudi Arabia: Robert Whittaker or Khamzat Chimaev?