“I’m Gonna Corner All of Them” – Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Will Attend UFC 267 as a Corner-Man

Published 10/27/2021, 7:18 AM EDT
MOSCOW, RUSSIA SEPTEMBER 2, 2021: Mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at the 2nd New Knowledge educational marathon (forum). The New Knowledge Forum runs from 1 to 3 September 2021 as a new school year begins in Russia. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images)


Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is in Abu Dhabi. He’s there to support his teammates who will fight at UFC 267. Islam Makhachev, Zubaira Tukhugov, and Tagir Ulanbekov are preparing to enter the octagon on October 30, 2021.

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During an interview with Daniel Cormier and Ryan Clark, Nurmagomedov talked about being in Abu Dhabi. He said, “I’m here to support Islam, Zubaira, and Tagir. Three guys, three of my teammates gonna fight this weekend. I’m gonna corner all of them.”

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This is not the first time Khabib will be in one of his teammate’s corners. ‘The Eagle’ was recently seen cornering his cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov, in his fight against Patrik Pietila at Bellator 269. He won that fight in the first round, and the former UFC champ also gave him tips after the fight.

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According to ‘The Eagle‘, the biggest fight out of all his teammates is Islam’s fight against Dan Hooker. And in his opinion, if Makhachev wins, he should get a title shot.

UFC 267: Big opportunity for fighters to shine

The fight card for UFC 267 is nothing less than exciting. There are some huge fights on the card, which means a lot of MMA fans will tune in. Every fighter would like to use this opportunity to stand out and impress the UFC matchmakers and also Dana White.

There are two title fights headlining UFC 267. UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira will be the main event. There is also an interim UFC bantamweight title fight between former champion Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen.

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‘The Eagle’ will have his eyes on the third last fight as Islam Makhachev will fight Dan Hooker. While Makhachev will look for a ninth win in a row, Hooker will seek to win at consecutive PPVs. ‘The Hangman‘, who fought at UFC 266, stepped in on short notice to replace Rafael dos Anjos.

Nurmagomedov’s other teammates, Tukhugov, and Ulanbekov will also look to impress. Tukhugov, who is coming off a defeat against Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 253, will face Ricardo Ramos.

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Meanwhile, the PPV’s preliminary card opener will see Tagir Ulanbekov fight Allan Nascimento in a flyweight matchup. Ulanbekov will look to extend his winning run to 5.

With the star-studded main card, Nurmagomedov will hope that his teammates can rise to the occasion and see their stock soar with virtuoso performances.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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