Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains Why Education Is More Important Than Sports

Published 02/11/2021, 5:03 AM EST


UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is one of the biggest role models to have ever graced the Octagon. ‘The Eagle’ always tries to inspire younger generations to keep their head straight and to move in the right direction. A classy personality, Nurmagomedov symbolizes the true stature of a martial artist.

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Of course, it’s necessary for an aspiring fighter and competitor to train. But, the undefeated Dagestani believes one should prioritize education to training. Otherwise, it might lead to anti-social behavior among young people who are supposed to be the backbone of future generations.

Speaking to the Russian channel RT Sport recently, Nurmagomedov said, “We need to tell our children to study first, and only then do sports. If training comes before studying, it might lead to antisocial behavior. Clueless and brainless. That’s why education should always be the priority. That’s the way I grew up.”

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“For example, back in 2002, 2003, when my father had his first students, I was always with them. There were already world champions among them, and I was just 14 years old. And they thought I would become a teacher at school, not an athlete,” added ‘The Eagle’ much to everyone’s surprise.

“Because I was so focused on education. Yes, I was training at the same time, but studying always came first. My father didn’t even let me attend training if I had bad marks. He said: ‘First, study well. Then I’ll let you train,” he concluded.

These principles certainly helped ‘The Eagle’ thrive.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is elegant as they come

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The Eagle‘ is not only one of the greatest fighters ever but his behavior and the way he carries himself with the immense class makes him stand head and shoulders above anybody else. Unfortunately, he lost his greatest mentor and guide Abdulmanap in 2020 due to the coronavirus.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission 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)

The Russian legend, who was reluctant to continue fighting without his beloved father figure, announced retirement in October 2020. His decision left a big hole in the sport, and fans can only hope he reconsiders his decision and returns to grace the Octagon with his presence.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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