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Michael Bisping tells Khabib, ‘nobody goes for the ring girls, that’s not how it works’

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Michael Bisping thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov was wrong to criticize ring girls.

Michael Bisping during broadcast duties at a UFC Fight Night.
Michael Bisping, on commentary duty for UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov can criticize Conor McGregor all he wants but insulting ring girls is a line one simply doesn’t cross.

That’s the opinion of UFC Hall-of-Famer, podcast host and commentator Michael Bisping who, on a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, put Nurmagomedov on blast for labelling ring girls ‘the most useless people in mixed martial arts’.

Bisping is a ‘huge fan’ of Khabib but thinks his most recent comments were disrespectful and unnecessary.

“Nobody goes for the ring girls, that’s not how it works,” Bisping said (transcript via Low Kick MMA). “They’re a little bit extra for the show. And I like it because it’s historic in boxing and now with MMA of course. It’s a little bit of fun.”

“I’m a huge fan of Khabib. But come on man! Let the girls have a job. They make a lot of money with sponsorships and endorsements.”

Khabib retired last year following his submission victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. The undefeated Dagestani (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) and former UFC lightweight champion now serves as a coach and mentor for up-and-coming UFC fighters. He is widely considered one of the greatest fighters of all time.