Luke Rockhold has confirmed former UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov needs to emulate his father and practice him for his comeback to the Octagon.
The Russian reaffirmed his resolution to stay retired throughout a dinner with Dana White in Las Vegas final week having known as time on his profession at 29-Zero final October.
Now, it appears as if the American Kickboxing Academy alumni needs to comply with within the footsteps of his late father, Abdulmanap, by changing into a coach to world champions.
Having labored alongside former middleweight champion Rockhold at AKA ever since shifting to America from Dagestan, Khabib has helped mentor the likes of Islam Makhachev and his cousin, Umar Nurmagomedov.
However working with the 36-year-old would signify a big step-up and a by means of examination of his teaching credentials.
But the California-native feels snug having ‘The Eagle’ in his nook.
“He’s assuming this teaching position now,” Rockhold advised TMZ Sports activities. “He’s going off on me, wanting to teach me. He needs to be a giant a part of my comeback so it’s fairly humorous to see Khabib assume this position.
“He’s going for ‘Coach of the 12 months’. That’s what he needs. He needs to be the subsequent good thing, comply with in his dad’s footsteps. That’s what his dad all the time did.
“His dad was all the time insightful and all the time had a superb eye for the game and I feel Khabib is able to assume that position.”
Rockhold has not fought since being knocked out by Jan Blachowicz in July 2019, however has spoken about his eagerness to return to 185lbs.
Given the quantity of onerous work required to make it on the high degree of a stacked division, which continues to be dominated by Israel Adesanya, Rockhold is worked up by the prospect of getting such a diligent employee in his nook.
“After all he generally is a good coach,” Rockhold added. “It’s like; generally it’s a must to put your self apart.
“Even when you recognize loads, it’s higher to be guided, like a senseless coaching should you belief in your coach, somebody to direct you and put you in the proper manner, as a result of irrespective of how a lot you recognize, generally you’ve bought to step again and let any individual else direct the state of affairs.
“He is aware of press the tempo. The factor with Khabib, he all the time pressed.
“The primary day he confirmed up I used to be like, I like this child. The primary day he confirmed up by himself and I used to be like, he works onerous. I used to be like, include me, let’s do that, and he all the time pressed me to my restrict.
“That’s what it actually takes. You want somebody to get in your again, press you, and he is aware of all of the methods and the routes to take action.”