Khabib Nurmagomedov Recalls Asking His Father Insulting Questions When He Pushed Him Hard

Published 12/23/2021, 2:00 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia stands in his corner prior to his lightweight title bout against Justin Gaethje 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)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the best fighters to have graced the Octagon. He has beaten some of the best fighters in the sport during his prime. Some of these names include Conor McGregor, Rafael dos Anjos and Dustin Poirier.

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His professional fight record stands at 29 wins and no losses. The Dagestani has absolutely dominated every opponent he’s faced in the octagon. He often attributes his success to his late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. His father has been his mentor all his life and has shaped him to become the fighter he is today.

After the sad demise of his father, Khabib retired from professional fighting and hasn’t come back to the octagon ever since. In a recent interview, ‘The Eagle’ opened up about his relationship with his father in his childhood.

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Khabib said,” I was always feeling he is extra loading me. So it was all the time. There were extra lessons… At 7 o’clock in the morning, I had to visit extra lessons three times a week. But others didn’t have to and l had some questions. Insulting question, ‘Why do I go but they don’t?.’ I didn’t realize that is better for me. I had and I want to become a World Champion. Why do I have need to study?”

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He added,” Then later when I grew up. I started to understand my father. We had a combination… Father always said: “I know better than you. So do what I say”. He was always saying this.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov post retirement

After retirement, Khabib has shown the world that he can be extremely successful outside the octagon as well. Nurmagomedov has become a very successful entrepreneur. The Dagestani has started several ventures, including his own mobile network company, Eagle Mobile. He also owns his own alkaline water company and fitness brand.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA August 18, 2021: Russian mixed martial artist and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a news conference. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

Khabib also owns his own mixed martial arts promotion, Eagle Fighting Championship, which recently signed Kevin Lee. These are just a few of his businesses and Nurmagomedov has plans to launch many more.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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