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Khabib Nurmagomedov laughingly suggests he will beat American fighters for the sanctions imposed on Russia

UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov jokingly suggests he will beat up all Americans for the sanctions imposed on Russia.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is not particularly happy with the sanctions imposed on his countrymen by the U.S. Government.

Last March, President Obama authorized sanctions on individuals and entities "responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine." The targets include 14 defense companies and individuals in President Vladimir Putin's close circle, as well as Russia's largest banks and energy companies. This was aimed to slow down Russia's actions towards Ukraine.

While Nurmagomedov is not one to focus his attention on the political landscape of the two nations, he laughingly suggested that he would like to focus on beating American fighters as a form of revenge for the sanctions placed on his countrymen.

"I am now recovering from injury," Nurmagomedov told ValeTudo.ru (via UG). "In two months I will start to train 100%, both wrestling and everything else. Pettis will defend his title on December 6, and maybe after the bout I will be declared the next challenger. If I am not declared, I will not be offended. I will continue to train and beat all Americans. For their sanctions."

Although there is a growing Russian contingency of top-tier fighters, Nurmagomedov would rather focus his efforts on fighting Americans rather than his fellow countrymen.

"To go to America and fight Russian fighters is not so nice. Because there are so many foreign fighters who can and must be beaten. Especially the Americans," said Nurmagomedov.