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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.

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