Khabib Nurmagomedov has develop into an simple star in UFC.
He’s not the ‘sexiest’ celebrity by way of flamboyance, promotional methods and even aesthetics within the octagon.
Many causal followers take a look at Khabib and discover him a battle to look at. He’s a world-class wrestler who breaks his opponents down on the mat.
He’s not a jaw-dropping knockout puncher – although he has eight KO finishes on his document – however, he does have a pristine 28-Zero document to point out that by being the perfect, you can’t be denied.
He has develop into the king of the UFC light-weight division. Defeating the likes of Dustin Poirier, Michael Johnson, Ed Barboza and Conor McGregor proves as a lot.
A lot has been stated about Khabib’s coaching methods that began again in Russia. As an illustration, nearly all of us by this level have heard about him wrestling bears… as a toddler.
“Firstly, a toddler all the time needs his father to see what his son is able to,” his late father, Abdulmanap, beforehand stated.
“It’s a pity that there was nothing extra attention-grabbing when he was youthful. In the long run, this was a check of character greater than train.”
As Khabib has gone by way of his profession, the 31-year-old’s dedication has carried a lot of his improvement. The Eagle’s distinctive coaching underpins the general tenacity and dedication he exhibits contained in the octagon.
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 received his entire workforce 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 only preserve 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 may sustain over a protracted time period. He was sporting guys out whereas he was sporting down. Contemporary guys nonetheless couldn’t put on him out.”
Sonnen says he believes appears may be deceiving in relation to the UFC light-weight champ and his foes usually underestimate his model and substance.
“I consider Khabib has a leg-up on competitors unintentionally. As a result of I consider if anyone watched Khabib wrestle, notably the takedowns and the management on high particularly, which is his bread and butter, they nonetheless underestimate how good he as at that.
“I consider while 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 a whole lot of strain, mixing in strikes with passes with submissions.
“He does a very good job of being busy. However you might break that down and go ‘I’m used to that and I’ve seen that.’
“However, it does seem that Khabib is doing slightly greater than meets the attention. It’s very subtle and sophisticated.”
There’s no query Khabib is a considered 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 cross on being in his coaching camp anytime quickly!