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EA Sports apologise to Muslim UFC star Khabib for portraying him as a Christian

Nurmagomedov’s celebration in the UFC 2 video game shows him blessing himself in the octagon.

UFC Orlando Khabib Nurmagomedov on the attack during his April 2014 win against Rafael dos Anjos. Source: Reinhold Matay

UNDEFEATED UFC LIGHTWEIGHT contender Khabib Nurmagomedov has received an apology from EA Sports as a result of a blunder in the company’s UFC 2 video game, which was released last week.

As highlighted by the ‘Red Fury MMA’ account on Instagram over the weekend, the game shows Nurmagomedov celebrating a win against UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos by giving himself a Christian blessing.

🔥Та самая идиотская ошибка создателей игры @easportsufc

A video posted by UFC/MMA Mixed Martial Arts (@redfurymma) on

However, Nurmagomedov is a practicing Muslim. The 27-year-old Dagestani fighter subsequently took to Twitter to let EA Sports know that he wasn’t pleased about their portrayal of his religious beliefs.

“I’m a MUSLIM and not Baptized. Please @EASPORTSUFC edit my after fight celebration. I have a lot of Muslim fans and you have to respect it,” said Nurmagomedov.

EA Sports now appear to have acknowledged the error. Nurmagomedov posted a screenshot of an apology from the company to his Instagram account earlier today.

“We’ve informed our development team about this issue and will change the celebration in our next update. Apologies if this has offended you in anyway,” the message read.

Я мусульманин.Алхамдулиллагь. Я не имею ничего против Христиан, у каждого человека свой путь в этой жизни, а мой путь это - Ислам. Разработчики этой игры сделали ошибку, но давайте будем честны, все мы ошибаемся в этой жизни и я не держу на них зла, они извинились и пообещали исправить это. Надеюсь следующий раз они учтут какая религия у каждого бойца и не допустят таких ошибок в будущем. I'm Muslim, Alhamdulilah. I have nothing against Christians. Every man in this life has his own way, and my way is Islam. Developers of the game made mistake. Let's be honest, every human being made mistakes, and I'm not holding a grudge. They apologized and promised to fix it. Hopefully, next time they wouldn't make mistakes like this, and take account everybody's religion. @easportsufc @ufc

A photo posted by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on

Nurmagomedov said: “I have nothing against Christians. Every man in this life has his own way, and my way is Islam. Developers of the game made [a] mistake. Let’s be honest, every human being made mistakes, and I’m not holding a grudge.

“They apologized and promised to fix it. Hopefully, next time they wouldn’t make mistakes like this, and take account [of] everybody’s religion.”

Nurmagomedov, who hasn’t fought since his April 2014 defeat of Rafael dos Anjos due to a series of injuries, will resume his bid to claim a UFC lightweight title shot when he faces Tony Ferguson in Tampa on 16 April.

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