Khabib Nurmagomedov could also be retired from UFC – technically – however he served because the cornerman for his cousin, Umar’s, UFC debut on Struggle Island.
The Eagle, 29-0, watched his cousin choke out his opponent Sergey Morozov within the second spherical with a rear-naked choke.
Khabib was shouting recommendation and encouragement throughout your complete combat and gave his recommendation on the finish of the primary spherical and no matter he mentioned, it appeared to do the trick as his cousin settled down and obtained into his groove.
Umar isn’t a direct reproduction of Khabib, though his grappling is clearly robust. He enjoys hanging and doesn’t shoot for the takedown as a lot as Khabib does. He affords some selection, however wants sharpening.
Umar was in search of again management for your complete combat and when he lastly obtained full management within the second spherical, Morozov was powerless to withstand the choke.
Credit score to the Kazakh fighter, he didn’t faucet out. As an alternative, he handed out within the maintain and the referee waved it off.
In true Khabib style, after getting within the cage and congratulating his cousin, he made his method over to Morozov’s nook and embraced the fighter, consoling him after the loss.
Chatting with the press after the combat, Umar mentioned one of the best is but to return for him.
“I’m very comfortable. All my laborious work has paid off. I’ve a variety of work forward. I’ve to maintain working.
“At first of the combat, I didn’t know the place I used to be. It was a bit laborious to seek out my method. Within the second spherical I used to be extra relaxed and I discovered my method.
“This isn’t my greatest efficiency. Sooner or later I’m going to indicate every part I’ve. I’ve way more than what I confirmed tonight.
“I’m going to go dwelling and revel in time with my household and my daughter,” Nurmagomedov mentioned.
Khabib nonetheless has some deciding to do. He’s going to fly again to Las Vegas tomorrow and Dana White will meet him there after UFC 257.
The UFC light-weight champion has insisted he’ll come again to attempt to lengthen his file to 30-Zero if anyone impresses him within the headlining fights at UFC 257 the place Dan Hooker, Michael Chandler, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will probably be in motion.