On May 15, 2018, the holy month of Ramadan will commence. While this religious practice does not hold much significance for those outside the Islamic faith, many mixed martial arts fans are familiar with the holy month because of its impact on the sport and the limitations it places on Muslim fighters during training camps.
A notable example of a fighter who does not compete during the holy month is UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagmoedov. The Dagestani native abstains from all forms of violent competition during Ramadan in order to prioritize mandatory religious duties such as fasting (abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk), and participate in a spiritual cleanse.
The above video will attempt to explain what Ramadan is, how Muslims observe it, and why some Muslim fighters like Khabib Nurmagomedov choose not to compete during the holy month.
**This video was produced by Case Harts. It was written and narrated by Karim Zidan.