Khabib Nurmagomedov has grow to be an simple star in UFC and is on a mission to be one of many biggest ever.
The light-weight champion could not the ‘sexiest’ famous person when it comes to flamboyance, promotional methods and even aesthetics within the octagon, however he’s a world-class wrestler who breaks his opponents down on the mat.
Regardless of not being often called a knockout puncher, Khabib has eight KO finishes on his document and a 28-Zero document.
“I’m a giant fan of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. And I need to be the best like these guys. Not solely contained in the cage but additionally outdoors,” he has beforehand stated.
A lot has been stated about Khabib’s coaching methods that began again in Russia the place his late father coach had him wrestling bears as a toddler.
“Firstly, a toddler at all times needs his father to see what his son is able to,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov beforehand stated.
“It’s a pity that there was nothing extra attention-grabbing when he was youthful. Ultimately, this was a check of character greater than train.”
The 31-year-old’s dedication and distinctive coaching underpins the general tenacity and willpower he exhibits contained in the octagon the place he has grow to be the king of the UFC light-weight division with notable wins over Dustin Poirier, Michael Johnson and Conor McGregor.
Former light-heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen recalled a narrative about Khabib in coaching the place he would tackle his entire camp 5 minutes at a time back-to-back – and win each single one.
“Khabib’s acquired his entire group and coach Fabiano [Scherner] stated there have been like seven or eight guys.
“Khabib stays in for 5 minutes, clock goes off, new man is available in. They simply maintain doing this till the exercise companions can’t proceed.
“It’s not when Khabib is drained, its when all of the exercise companions who’re getting all these breaks in between are exhausted and may’t go.
“Coach Fabiano stated he didn’t know if he’d ever seen something like that when it comes to the depth he might sustain over a protracted time frame. He was carrying guys out whereas he was carrying down. Contemporary guys nonetheless couldn’t put on him out.”
Sonnen says he believes appears will be deceiving relating to the UFC light-weight champ and his foes usually underestimate his model and substance.
“I imagine Khabib has a leg-up on competitors unintentionally. As a result of I imagine if any individual watched Khabib wrestle, notably the takedowns and the management on prime particularly, which is his bread and butter, they nonetheless underestimate how good he as at that.
“I imagine if you watch him on movie, you get very snug as a result of he’s a rinse and repeat man. Push within the fence, entangle your legs, get to the physique, drag you to the mat, entangle the legs whereas pounding, utilizing plenty of strain, mixing in strikes with passes with submissions.
“He does an excellent job of being busy. However you may break that down and go ‘I’m used to that and I’ve seen that.’
“However, it does seem that Khabib is doing just a little greater than meets the attention. It’s very subtle and complex.”
There’s no query Khabib is a certainly one of a form fighter and his gateway to the UFC is a path treasured few, if anybody, has walked earlier than.
However I believe we’ll go on being in his coaching camp anytime quickly!