‘It’s Very Tough for Us’- Usman Nurmagomedov Details His Experience of Working with Coach Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 07/31/2021, 12:18 PM EDT


Bellator MMA lightweight Usman Nurmagomedov spoke to the media ahead of his 155-pound fight against Luis Muro at Bellator 263. The Russian sensation is undefeated at 12-0 and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mike Hamel back in April. Chiefly, Usman Nurmagomedov is as dangerous as they come and he has shown great potential in the cage.

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Insiders close to his camp hail Usman Nurmagomedov to be one of the best prospects from Russia. This is no mean feat considering fighters like Islam Makhachev are from the very same camp. However, Usman Nurmagomedov’s skills stand above the rest according to some and his future is extremely bright.

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What is the extent of coach Khabib Nurmagomedov’s influence?

As it so happens, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the cousin of Usman Nurmagomedov. ‘The Eagle’ isn’t just around Usman Nurmagomedov in a familial capacity but also serves as his trainer and mentor. Usman Nurmagomedov was asked about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s overall impact and it’s clear he doesn’t go easy on his cousin.

‘He’s now more tougher. Coach Khabib [is] much tougher than fighter Khabib. The thing is Khabib coach is not training right now so he came to the gym only to push us. That’s why it’s very tough for us.’

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In order to reach the very pinnacle of any sport, having a mindset like Khabib Nurmagomedov’s is essential. He’s aiming to impart his brand of excellence to the next generation of talent and is understandably tough on his pupils. Fans who have come to know and love Khabib Nurmagomedov wouldn’t expect anything less from him.

The MMA community will be looking to see if Khabib Nurmagomedov’s intense training and mentorship translates to success for his cousin. So far he has looked relentless and the odds are stacked in Usman Nurmagomedov’s favor.

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The important takeaway for Usman Nurmagomedov would be to maintain an active schedule and keep a high-octane pace. Not to mention, he goes in as a sizeable favorite over his opponent and will want to put on a show. Bellator 263 has a lot of eyeballs on it and it could serve as the perfect platform to make some noise.

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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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