Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals the Biggest Learning He Has Taken From His Late Father

Published 12/07/2020, 11:38 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia looks across the Octagon at his opponent Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov recently spoke about a topic very close to his heart, his father. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away due to COVID earlier this year. Khabib shared a very strong relationship with his father and announced his retirement from MMA because his father was not there to train him anymore.

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However, the lessons that Abdulmanap taught Khabib were more than enough to last him a lifetime. The UFC Lightweight Champion spoke about what his father lived by and what he taught him.

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“He had many distinct qualities and prioritized everything. He focused on what was most important in the moment and always valued time…

“You have to set priorities. I’m coming to the stage that my father was at and I understand that there are 24 hours in a day and you have to figure out what’s most important. My father set priorities and valued time.”

After sharing a story about his dad, Khabib revealed the biggest learning that his father left him with.” My father says, ‘You have to study, train, become a decent person rather than just move from the village to Makhachkala to earn more money’.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Will he carry on without his father?

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The developments around Khabib Nurmagomedov and his retirement have been odd. We never see a retired fighter refuse to give up their championship belt. This clearly indicates that Khabib hasn’t made a final decision. His manager has teased fights, and Dana White has been bullish in answering questions about Khabib’s future.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, it does come down to Khabib. He made a promise to his mother to give up fighting in the absence of his father. So, it is on Khabib to get her blessings before he can contemplate a return to the octagon.

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Even if Khabib stays retired and gives up on the 30-0 record, he will have an almost iron-clad legacy. Even if Abdulmanap isn’t here anymore, he lives on in the skills and knowledge he passed to his world champion son.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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