Khabib Nurmagomedov to Support His Teammate Saygid Izagakhmaev in Person for His Debut at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS

Published 12/21/2021, 2:50 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 17: Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after teammate Islam Makhachev’s victory against Thiago Moises in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages


Saygid Izagakhmaev has made several headlines since he inked a deal with renowned MMA promotion, ONE Championship. Furthermore, several from the combat sports community are excited to see the Russian fighter in action as he is set to make his promotional debut. One such person includes the former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

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The 27-year-old athlete will clash in an intriguing lightweight bout against James Nakashima. The fight will take place in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on January 14, 2022, at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS.

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Many believe Izagakhmaev is destined to achieve greatness in ONE Championship, considering he trains with an MMA legend in Nurmagomedov. Well, they are not wrong, as the former UFC superstar has not let down the fans as a coach thus far.

Moreover, the former UFC lightweight champion plans to be on Izagakhmaev’s corner as he makes his promotional debut at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS.

As per a recent Twitter post by ONE Championship, Nurmagomedov said – “I am going to be with [Saygid] in Singapore… I’ve been almost everywhere around the world and Singapore is one of the countries where I want to go.”

How will Khabib Nurmagomedov being on Saygid Izagakhmaev’s corner affect the fight?

Nurmagomedov retired as an undefeated (29-0) UFC lightweight champion. Thus, there is no doubt the Dagestani fighter was one of the best MMA fighters in the world. One can say the same about his career as an MMA coach.

Ever since he retired, Nurmagomedov’s new goal in the MMA world has been to help all of his teammates in every way possible. Thus far, Nurmagomedov has been true to his word. 

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Furthermore, some of Nurmagomedov’s best coaching skills came to the fore when he was in the corner of Islam Makhachev for his fight against Dan Hooker at UFC 267. Makhachev claimed a dominant first-round submission (kimura) victory as Nurmagomedov guided him throughout the bout.

Thus, there is no doubt about Nurmagomedov doing the same when he will be at Izagakhmaev’s corner at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS. 

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Are you excited to see Khabib Nurmagomedov in Saygid Izagakhmaev’s corner at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS? 

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC, and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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