‘Someone Tired, They Can Go Home’ – Khabib Nurmagomedov Tortures His Teammates During a Training Session At AKA

Published 07/06/2021, 8:02 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after Conor McGregor of Ireland submitted in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Khabib Nurmagomedov has had an illustrious MMA career in the UFC. He retired as one of the greatest undefeated lightweight champions in the history of UFC. Now, the ‘Eagle’ plans to stick in the MMA world as a coach.

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The former UFC lightweight champion used to train at the American Kickboxing Academy for his fights. As Nurmagomedov decided to be a coach, he stayed at AKA to train his teammates, who were there for him during his MMA journey.

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The ‘Eagle’ wants to help his teammates from AKA achieve their dreams the same way he accomplished his. In doing so, Nurmagomedov puts his teammates through intense training sessions.

Recently, an Instagram post made by ESPN MMA revealed some behind the scenes on how Nurmagomedov trains his teammates at AKA. In the footage, the ‘Eagle’ is seen saying – “Someone tired, they can go home… They can cry too.”

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How hard did Khabib Nurmagomedov train during his MMA career?

Every UFC fighter has a dream to one day claim the title in their respective division. And Nurmagomedov’s dream was to go down as the undefeated lightweight champion in the UFC, which he successfully fulfilled.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nurmagomedov retired with a spectacular undefeated professional MMA record of 29-0. Moreover, he is the longest-reigning UFC lightweight champion to this day, from 2018 to 2021. To accomplish these achievements, the ‘Eagle’ also had to go through intense training sessions.

Once, Nurmagomedov went through a rough weight cut session for his scheduled bout against Tony Ferguson at UFC 209. This weight cut session was so intense that it led him to get hospitalized on the morning of the weigh-ins of UFC 209. The bout was then canceled due to various reasons from both sides. 

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As already mentioned above, Nurmagomedov wants his teammates from AKA to fulfill their dreams. Hence, he makes them go through intense training sessions the same way he went through in his MMA career.

Will the ‘Eagle’ be as good of a coach as he was in his MMA career?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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