Reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spent an evening with his fans and supporters in Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Sunday.  

Khabib was facing questions from fans in Melbourne, where the 2019 Australian Open is currently in full swing, when one young supporter asked about the famous video of him when eight years old wrestling with a bear cub in his native Dagestan.

The fan used his time on the microphone to ask his hero: 

Khabib paused and began his response: 

“After the bear… twenty-two years after, I wrestle with a McChicken burger,” to laughter from the crowd. 

Khabib offered some words of advice to his young fans in Melbourne to help them achieve their dreams, through “belief” and “patience”.

“I just keep going, I never stop. You cannot stop,” he said. If you have a dream, you have to move all the time. You have to move, you have to believe. Number one is patience. This is really important. You cannot be like panicking. Stay calm, stay relaxed and keep going.”

Conor McChicken is going to be pissed when he hears about his new nickname.