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UAE: Khabib's papakha hats on sale ahead of UFC fight

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
September 04, 2019 at 21:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov's signature headwear - the 'papakha' - was attracting attention in the run-up to the UFC lightweight champion's clash with Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

A UFC-sponsored store in the UAE's World Trade Centre was doing brisk business on Wednesday.

Papakha is a traditional hat worn by the peoples of the North Caucasus and in particular Dagestan, Nurmagomedov's home territory.

"Everybody understands who we are rooting for, thanks to these hats, there are no more questions. They see papakha on head and everything becomes clear," said a Khabib's supporter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the UFC for the first time since his controversial win over Conor McGregor. He will be defending his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on September 7.

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UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov's signature headwear - the 'papakha' - was attracting attention in the run-up to the UFC lightweight champion's clash with Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

A UFC-sponsored store in the UAE's World Trade Centre was doing brisk business on Wednesday.

Papakha is a traditional hat worn by the peoples of the North Caucasus and in particular Dagestan, Nurmagomedov's home territory.

"Everybody understands who we are rooting for, thanks to these hats, there are no more questions. They see papakha on head and everything becomes clear," said a Khabib's supporter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the UFC for the first time since his controversial win over Conor McGregor. He will be defending his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on September 7.

W/S People checking papakha hat shop, Abu Dhabi

W/S Papakha hats displayed at shop

C/U Picture of Khabib Nurmagomedov wearing hat

M/S Man trying hat on

W/S Man draped in Dagestan flag trying hat on

C/U Man checking hats

M/S Man trying hat on

C/U Khabib Nurmagomedov name on shop

SOT, Ahmad, Khabib fan: "I like this because it is the one that Khabib used everytime. I don't know about this one too much, but I like it because Khabib used this one. Now I asked this guy if it is from Dagestan, part of their culture. So because of Khabib, I use this."

C/U Khabib's picture on t-shirt

M/S Phone cases with Khabib's picture

W/S Papakha hats on display

M/S Khabib's fans

SOT, Magamed, Khabib fan (Russian): "We are expecting good fights from all of our Russian [fighters]. We want them to win so we came here to support them. Emotions overflow, it is the first time for us to be here. People from different countries meet Khabib with such an excitement."

M/S Banner of Khabib *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Magamed, Khabib's fan (Russian): "Everybody understands who we are rooting for, thanks to these hats, there are no more questions. They see a papakha on the head and everything becomes clear."

M/S People at UFC store

C/U T-shirt promoting fight

M/S Man posing for picture with hat

C/U Phone taking picture of man with hat

C/U Man trying hat on

M/S Man checking himself with hat

M/S Fans with papakha hats

M/S Man asking about hat's price

M/S People at UFC store

W/S Trade centre hall

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