Khabib Nurmagomedov is an simple UFC legend and one of many biggest ever MMA fighters.
The light-weight champion is probably not the ‘sexiest’ famous person by way of flamboyance, promotional strategies and even aesthetics within the octagon, however he’s a world-class wrestler who breaks his opponents down on the mat.
He has seen off numerous challenges to his crown and determined to step away undefeated when he beat the harmful Justin Gaethje.
Regardless of not being referred to as a knockout puncher himself, Khabib has eight KO finishes on his document and ended with a 29-Zero document.
“I’m a giant fan of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. And I wish to be the best like these guys. Not solely contained in the cage but in addition outdoors,” he has beforehand stated.
A lot has been stated about Khabib’s coaching strategies 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 take a look at of character greater than train.”
The 31-year-old’s dedication and distinctive coaching underpins the general tenacity and dedication he exhibits contained in the octagon the place he has turn into 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 took on his entire camp 5 minutes at a time back-to-back – and beat each single one.
“Khabib’s obtained his entire crew 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 hold 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 might’t go.
“Coach Fabiano stated he didn’t know if he’d ever seen something like that by way of the depth he might sustain over an extended time frame. He was sporting guys out whereas he was sporting down. Contemporary guys nonetheless couldn’t put on him out.”
Sonnen says he believes seems might be deceiving in relation 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 comfy 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 lots of stress, mixing in strikes with passes with submissions.
“He does a great 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 somewhat greater than meets the attention. It’s very refined and complex.”
There’s no query Khabib is a one in every of a form fighter and his gateway to the UFC is a path valuable few, if anybody, has walked earlier than.
And his coaching camp is actually not for the faint hearted!