Famous athletes that compete during Ramadan

Famous athletes that compete during Ramadan
Published on Mar 28, 2023, 11:56:00 AM

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Despite the challenges of training and competing while fasting, many Muslim athletes continue to perform at the highest levels during Ramadan, including those in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In this article, we will take a look at some of the famous MMA athletes who have performed during Ramadan.

1.   Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most well-known and successful MMA fighters in the world, with a record of 29 wins and no losses. He is also a devout Muslim who has never let Ramadan hinder his training or fighting. Khabib has competed in several high-profile fights during Ramadan, including his title defense against Dustin Poirier in September 2019.

2.   Georges St-Pierre

    Georges St-Pierre, a former UFC Welterweight Champion, is another famous MMA athlete who has competed during Ramadan. He converted to Islam in 2013 and has since then fasted during Ramadan while still maintaining his training regimen. St-Pierre has talked openly about the challenges of training and fighting while fasting, but he has never let it stop him from pursuing his dreams.

3.   Aiemann Zahabi

    Aiemann Zahabi is a Canadian MMA fighter who competes in the Bantamweight division of the UFC. He is also a practicing Muslim who has been known to fast during Ramadan while training and fighting. Zahabi has a record of 7 wins and 2 losses in his MMA career, and he has competed in several fights during Ramadan, including his win against Ricardo Ramos in June 2017.

4.   Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady

    Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady is a Jordanian MMA fighter who currently competes in the Lightweight division of Brave Combat Federation. He is also a devout Muslim who has competed in several fights during Ramadan. In fact, Al-Selwady won the Brave Lightweight Championship during Ramadan in 2018, defeating Lucas Martins in the final.

5.   Ali Bagautinov

    Ali Bagautinov is a former UFC Flyweight fighter who hails from Dagestan, Russia. He is a devout Muslim who has never let Ramadan hinder his MMA career. Bagautinov has fought in several high-profile fights during Ramadan, including his loss to Demetrious Johnson in June 2014.

In conclusion, these are just a few examples of the many MMA athletes who have successfully competed during Ramadan. While fasting can present challenges, these athletes have shown that it is possible to continue pursuing their goals while remaining true to their faith. Their dedication to both their sport and their religion serves as an inspiration to many, and they continue to be respected and admired in the MMA community.

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