WATCH: Manager Ali Abdelaziz Coaches Khabib Nurmagomedov While Sparring With Henry Cejudo

Published 03/10/2021, 5:30 AM EST


Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team have been based in Las Vegas for the past few weeks now. ‘The Eagle’ stayed in Vegas to oversee the last few days of training camp for his teammate and friend Islam Makhachev, who competed at UFC 259. 

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Makhachev put on a fantastic performance as he dominated Drew Dober for three rounds and then got an impressive arm-triangle submission win. He has since put the lightweight division on notice.

The Eagle’ has now shifted his focus on the camps of the rest of his teammates as his younger cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov, makes his Bellator debut in a few weeks’ time. The camp had an unexpected visitor when the ‘King of Cringe’ stopped by to grace everyone with his presence.

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In a clip recorded by UFC fighter, Zubaira Tukhugov, fans saw manager, Ali Abdelaziz, practicing some ground and pound on ‘Triple C’ as Khabib Nurmagomedov offered his suggestions. 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov in contention for coach of the year?

Khabib has always been the leader of his team. He has always led from the front and by example as he aims to guide a host of promising talent from his stable to the pinnacle of the sport. Ever since retiring from active competition, Nurmagomedov has focused more on the surrounding talent. 

Earlier this year, he cornered his relative, Umar Nurmagomedov, as he made an impressive UFC debut against Sergey Morozov. Islam was next as he secured an impressive win under the able guidance of Khabib and coach Javier Mendez. 

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‘The Eagle’ also has other impressive fighters under him, such as Abubakar and Usman Nurmagomedov, who fight later this month. There is no doubt that having a leader and coach who has made it to the very top of the sport can only be a source of motivation for the people training in and around him. 

‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has stated multiple times that he would like to continue what his father set out to do, by training multiple world champions under him. So far it looks as though Khabib is on the right track to do so. 

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Do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov is in contention for coach of the year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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