UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has found himself in the middle of a sexism storm over comments he made to an audience member in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking during a Q&A for a MISK talk, the 30-year-old has sparked uproar after he claimed that budding females wishing to become fighters should stay at home.
Khabib – who beat Conor McGregor in Las Vegas in October – was asked by a member of the audience on what advice he would give to a woman who wants to get into the fighting industry.
After an applause from the crowd, the Eagle said: “For females, I have very good advice, be fighter inside your home.
As laughter erupts from certain attendees, he added: “And one more advice, all the time, finish your husband.”
His comments instantly sent social media into meltdown, with one tweeting: “This is embarrasing (sic). Honestly. And a bunch of morons laughing. The UFC champ ladies and gentlemen.”
While another commented: “Khabib’s comments sound like something from 50 years ago..”
Another said: “Khabib is a clown. He ain’t keeping anyone in the kitchen.”
One person simply stated: “What an absolute disgrace.”
Khabib – who is currently on a world tour – took to Instagram after the event, where he said: “Thank you so much my dear fans from Saudi Arabia.
“This communication was a great experience for me. See you next time.”
The 27-0 fighter has called for a boxing clash against Floyd Mayweather, having been suspended by the UFC following the post-fight brawl after he beat McGregor.
A bout against Tony Ferguson could be his next fight inside the Octagon.