Shaq is pals with Hasbulla Magomedov in Australia: ‘Almost knocked me out’

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and 19-year-old Russian blogger Hasbulla Magomedov collaborated on several viral videos over the weekend as the two celebs finally met.

The two sports personalities met on a yacht in Australia. O’Neal posted a video to his social media accounts showing Magomedov “sneaking up” on the former Los Angeles Lakers star and delivering a right hook to the big man.

“@hasbulla.hushetskiy nearly knocked me out,” the Basketball Hall of Famer wrote on social media.

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Shaquille O’Neal is interviewed at PointsBet’s “Built Differently” media event at Cargo Hall in Sydney, Australia on August 28, 2022.
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Everything seemed to be fun. O’Neal also posted another photo of him and Magomedov sitting on the couch.

Magomedov is one of the most popular mixed martial arts personalities. He has built up a large following on social media with over 3 million followers on Instagram, 1.3 million followers on TikTok and over 133,000 followers on Twitter.

He has been seen at ringside at UFC events and is a huge supporter of retired undefeated UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Hasbulla Magomedov is seen during the UFC 267 event at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 30, 2021.

Hasbulla Magomedov is seen during the UFC 267 event at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 30, 2021.
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O’Neal took some time off to enjoy Australia last week.

He caused a stir on an Australian podcast when he entertained listeners with his take on a flat Earth conspiracy theory.

“It’s a theory,” O’Neal said on the podcast when asked about his past comments on the Earth platform. “It’s just a theory. They teach us a lot of things. It’s just a theory.

“For example, I flew 20 hours today. … Everything was straight. I didn’t rock, I didn’t rock. It’s just a theory. It’s a conspiracy theory.”

O’Neal also has some thoughts on the Earth’s rotation, wondering if it really spins.

Shaquille O'Neal attends the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 2, 2022.

Shaquille O’Neal attends the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 2, 2022.
(Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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“You know how they say the world goes round? I’ve lived in a lake house for 30 years,” O’Neal said as host Jackie O laughed. “Not once did the lake turn left or turn right.”

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.

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