Shaquille O’Neal Unearths Unreal Khabib Nurmagomedov Story Which Made Fans Go Wild: “So Basically Batman”

Published 01/02/2023, 8:10 AM EST

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is a huge fan of martial arts ever since his childhood. The four-time champion can be seen using martial art movie analogies a lot while speaking. So when he first found out about mixed martial arts, he was hooked and has been a massive fan of the sport ever since. The Los Angeles Lakers legend has been seen multiple times on the ringside. Furthermore, the Big Shaq used MMA training to be fit during the tail end of his playing career.

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Interestingly, O’Neal once stated that MMA is the hardest sport. Recently, he shared an iconic video clip talking about UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Shaquille O’Neal shared the unbelievable Khabib Nurmagomedov story


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Khabib Nurmagomedov is known for his legendary and hardcore training routines. UFC legend and analyst Chael Sonnen revealed a mind-boggling training routine of The Eagle which is bound to make anyone in awe of him. Shaquille O’Neal has now shared the video clip in his Instagram story. Sonnen revealed Nurmagomedov would have 90 minutes of training with five different fighters. He explained Khabib would fight one guy after the other until the guy basically gives up. He marveled Khabib was the only one standing after taking on five fighters.

Sonnen said, “And then when it was done, Khabib was standing up and all five guys were laying down. Just from exhaustion. He didn’t hurt them, it was a grappling workout.”


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Sonnen and Shaq were not the only ones impressed with the legendary story. Fans went wild after hearing this training story of Nurmagomedov and shared their excitement in the comments section. Here are some reactions:

“So basically Batman”

“Considering chael was undefeated in his career, this is high praise.”

“So we know who he is actually🔥🔥🔥🔥”

“Pretty crazy”

“Awesome inspirational story for the power of conditioning!!! I believe this!”


“So khabib is Superman ?”

“He’s a baaad man.”

While some fans compared him with superheroes, some were borderline terrified about Khabib’s abilities.


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O’Neal’s MMA training 

Shaquille O’Neal was one of the most dominant players during his prime. However, injuries and age slowed him down over the years. So he started doing MMA training to get back in shape during his time with the Miami Heat.

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Even though he was still not at his best, Shaq was able to help the Heat clinch their first-ever title in 2006.

What do you think about this Khabib Nurmagomedov training story? Let us know in the comments section.



Written by:

Bagavathi Eswaran


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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.
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