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    Russian mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has become an inspiration for a Turkish graffiti artist following his victory over his Irish rival Conor McGregor during the lightweight championship at UFC 229 last week.

    The undefeated fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, expressed gratitude to Turkey after street art depicting the moment of him choking out Conor McGregor emerged in Istanbul.

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    The graffiti also features a caption that reads “Don’t talk too much” in an apparent reference to the war of words the two fighters had been engaged in prior to their much-anticipated bout in Las Vegas.

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    While Nurmagomedov’s post has already received over 2.6 million likes and more than 48k comments on Instagram, users have also been expressing their wholehearted support for him on Twitter:

    One netizen suggested that after his publication he had amassed a millions-strong army of fans in Turkey:

    Others praised the graffiti, saying it was a piece of art and claiming that it was better than Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa:

    On October 6, Nurmagomedov dealt a devastating defeat to Irish fighter Conor McGregor in the fourth round with a chokehold as the two competed for the lightweight championship title at UFC 229.


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