‘I Will Have A Chance To Ask Him’- Movsar Evloev Wants Another Training Session With Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 07/04/2021, 12:46 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 03: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia holds an open workout for fans and media at The Park Theatre at Park MGM on October 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC lightweight champion and now retired mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov has left an impression that will be hard to emulate. Many talented fighters seek inspiration from his career and even want to train with him. One of those fighters goes by the name of Movsar Evloev.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Movsar Evloev of Russia celebrates after his victory over Mike Grundy of England in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Russian featherweight fighter, just like many others, wants to train with ‘The Eagle’. In an interview with RT Sports MMA, Evloev detailed his time in the featherweight division, his views on other fighters, and of course, his wish to train with Khabib.

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“To be honest, we haven’t,” Evloev said when asked about asking Khabib for training. “He has a lot of things to do now. He also helps his teammates in San Jose now, as far as I know.

“I don’t have any plans to go to San Jose to train with Khabib now. But I hope in the future- when both he and I will have some free time, we will find an opportunity to meet and train together.”

Evloev added that it will be interesting for him to ask ‘The Eagle’ questions about ground control and wrestling on whole.

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“So when we will be passing each other, I will have a chance to ask him what should I do and how to successfully get up there,” he concluded.

Movsar Evloev is unbeaten in his MMA career, just like Khabib Nurmagomedov

Evloev (15-0) hasn’t yet tasted a defeat in his entire professional career, a trait he shares with ‘The Eagle‘. The latter remained undefeated for 29 straight matches and retired as the undisputed lightweight champion.

Evloev is still fresh talent in UFC and has competed in just 5 matches for the promotion. One other thing that makes him similar to ‘The Eagle’ is his method of approach.

Out of all wins, 8 have come via decision and 4 by submission. This is more than enough to justify why he is renowned for the wrestling game, a trait he shares with all other Russian fighters.

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His last competed at UFC 263: Adesanya vs Vettori 2, where he picked up a unanimous decision win over Hakeem Dowudu.

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It will be a glorious thing for him if he could achieve what his more accomplished fellow Russian did. It seems he is already on that path.

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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