‘Coach of the Year’ Candidate Khabib Nurmagomedov Guides Abubakar Nurmagomedov to a Unanimous Decision Victory at UFC 260

Published 03/27/2021, 10:29 PM EDT


UFC welterweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov made his intentions known against Jared Gooden on the preliminary card for UFC 260. Abubakar earned the unanimous decision nod from the judges for a comprehensive showcase against a tried and tested 170-pounder. The Russian fighter bounced back from a disappointing submission loss to David Zawada back in November 2019.

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Abubakar Nurmagomedov was 1-1-1 going into the aforementioned contest and was keen to scalp a win. Another loss in the cage could have been disastrous for his prospects in the welterweight division. The weight class is booming and there’s a marketplace for new talent to emerge.

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Abubakar Nurmagomedov had a ‘Coach of the Year’ contender in his corner to guide him to victory against Gooden. Chiefly, Khabib Nurmagomedov found himself back down in Vegas after having coached several fighters recently. What’s more, ‘The Eagle’ seems to have a magical touch as he’s been consistently guiding his fighters to victory.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has been in the corner for Umar Nurmagomedov, Islam Makhachev and most recently Abubakar Nurmagomedov. The 29-0 former lightweight champion has relinquished his belt and is now guiding his stablemates to realize their own championship dreams. This is the role his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, stepped up for prior to his untimely demise last year.

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The entire MMA community has stood by Khabib Nurmagomedov as he has slowly transitioned into his role as coach. Tweets poured in as Nurmagomedov began picking up steam in his fight against Jared Gooden.

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It will be paramount for Khabib Nurmagomedov to live up to the legacy of his father when it comes to coaching. Given his current track record, it’s safe to say that he’s in line for success. More importantly, he remains a beacon of light for high-level fighters hailing from Dagestan looking to win big.

With Khabib Nurmagomedov’s tutelage, it’s very likely that one or more than one new Dagestani champion emerges. His ventures under ‘Eagle MMA’ have been a resounding success, and there’s hope that his ventures will continue on their upward trajectory.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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