Khabib Nurmagomedov lastly fulfilled his life-long dream of changing into UFC light-weight champion on this very day again in 2018 towards Al Iaquinta.
But the one particular person who wished to see ‘The Eagle’ hoist the gold belt aloft greater than anybody was miles away in Russia.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov raised his son within the mountains of Dagestan with the shared dream of reaching UFC championship standing.
Having amassed a file of 16 wins and no losses, he made the transfer to the UFC and recorded an extra 9 wins earlier than he was lastly granted a title shot.
Nonetheless, points along with his father’s visa meant Abdulmanap was pressured to observe his son dominate Iaquinta at UFC 223 on the Barclay’s Middle in Brooklyn hundreds of miles from his dwelling in Dagestan.
Footage obtained from We Love MMA exhibits the poignant second when Khabib had the gold belt wrapped round his waist and proceeded to thank his father, who was near tears.
Khabib would defend his belt simply six months later in Las Vegas towards Conor McGregor at UFC 229, with the vitriol and anger surrounding the occasion blurring his unimaginable achievements considerably.
But there was to be an occasion the place Abdulmanap lastly watched his son struggle within the UFC in individual, with the principle occasion of UFC 242 pitting the light-weight nice towards Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.
‘The Eagle’ retained his belt but once more along with his father within the entrance row and the 2 males lastly shared a heat embrace within the aftermath of a struggle. It was to be the final time they may have fun in such a way as Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov tragically misplaced his life in 2020 after a battle with COVID-19.
But having helped his son obtain his wildest desires, his standing as an MMA nice is properly assured.