Khabib Nurmagomedov hat: What does UFC 242 star wear on his head on way to the Octagon?

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s walk to the Octagon is perhaps one of the most well known in all of mixed martial arts.

The Russian’s cage walk isn’t infamous for any crazy acrobatics or entrance music, which fight fans across the globe have become accustomed to seeing down the years.

It’s well known because of a piece of headwear he wears every time he marches towards the cage and in his post-fight interviews.

Each time the UFC’s undisputed lightweight champion makes his way to Octagon, he dons a frizzy hat, which many have mistaken for a wig.

And the same question is often asked by MMA fans each time they see Dagestani destroyer wearing what they wrongly believe to be a wig: What is the hat atop of his head called?

The garment Nurmagomedov wears isn’t a wig at all, it’s a Papakha, which is an item of clothing that is native to his homeland.

The Papakha, pronounced ‘puh-pah-hah’, is a piece of headwear which was often worn Avarian shepherds to signal strength and self-sufficiency.

Nurmagomedov shed some light on the hat during an interview with RT, saying: “[My] Papakha represents where I am from. My small hometown in Dagestan.

This is traditional headgear for Dagestan, for Chechnya, for the Caucasus region

Khabib Nurmagomedov on his Papakha

“This is traditional headgear for Dagestan, for Chechnya, for the Caucasus region.

“And it’s very important for me. Very important.”

Nurmagomedov will no doubt be wearing his when he makes his way to the Octagon for his second title defence against Poirier, which serves as the main event of the UFC’s third trip to Abu Dhabi.

UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier fight card

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier – lightweight title unification bout

Edson Barbosa vs Paul Felder – lightweight bout

Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos – lightweight bout

Curtis Blades vs Shamil Shamil Abdurakhimov- heavyweight bout

Mairbek Taisumov vs Carlos Diego Ferreira – lightweight bout


Joanne Calderwood vs Andrea Lee – women’s flyweight bout

Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lerone Murphy – men’s featherweight bout

Liana Jojua vs Sarah Moras – women’s bantamweight bout

Ottman Azaitar vs Teemu Packalen – lightweight bout

Belal Muhammad vs Takashi Sato – welterweight bout

Nordine Taleb vs Muslim Salikhov – welterweight bout

Omari Akhmedov vs Zak Cummings – middleweight bout

Don Madge vs Fares Ziam – lightweight bout

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