‘I’m Very Grateful’- Magomed Magomedov Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Training Sessions Helped Him

Published 04/11/2021, 7:56 AM EDT


Bellator MMA bantamweight Magomed Magomedov spoke to RT Sport, following his submission win over C.J. Hamilton at Bellator 255. ‘Tiger’ made good use of the showcase offered by a card headlined by Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire and earned a second-round finish. He’s a hot prospect in the organization and has made his presence felt with five straight victories.

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Magomedov has only lost one fight in his 19-fight professional career thus far, to the former UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan. Magomed Magomedov’s resume continues to improve and fans have begun pining to see him in the UFC. In fact, heading into his recent fight, Magomedov spent time with someone who specializes in a similar skill set.

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Magomed Magomedov: Learning from the very best

Chiefly, the 29-year-old Russian fighter, had help from one of the best fighters to hail his region in Khabib Nurmagomedov. Magomed Magomedov revealed that he had trained with ‘The Eagle’ and his teammates to strengthen his skills at an elite level. It’s clear that Nurmagomedov’s smothering pressure played a part in Magomedov’s increased ferocity on the ground.

“I trained with Khabib’s team. I’m very grateful that they let me into their team. I improved on my groundwork. They changed my opponent, but I was ready to wrestle, fight, box…I was ready for any scenario.”

“I wasn’t nervous at all after the training. Was confident that I’d run over whoever was in front of me. I got into very good shape with Khabib’s team…I have Khabib’s groundwork and a little bit of Zabit’s skillset.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He added, “I try to imitate Zabit’s punches and kicks and I watch how Khabib wrestles on the ground.. If you watch my fights you’ll see.”

With Khabib Nurmagomedov’s grappling and Zabit Magomedsharipov’s striking arsenal, Magomedov is shaping up to be a dangerous force. It’s very possible that he finds himself in the ranks of the UFC, competing against the shark tank of bantamweights. Fans will be excited to see what the 18-1 prospect will do going forward in his career with the tools he has been equipped with.

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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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