WATCH: Daniel Cormier Presents Submission of the Year Honors to His Friend Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 01/27/2021, 1:29 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The friendship between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier has given us many hilarious exchanges. It was probably because of this that the UFC chose Cormier to honor the UFC lightweight champ with the Fan’s choice Submission of the Year Award. As expected, the encounter between the two ended brought a smile to the viewer’s face.

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The fans chose Nurmagomedov’s submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 as the Submission of the Year for 2020. Khabib extended his win streak to 29 in his professional career as he submitted Gaethje via a mounted triangle choke.

For the man who has everything!

Last week, @DC_MMA presented @TeamKhabib with his Submission of the Year 🏆

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— UFC (@ufc) January 27, 2021

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Ahead of this past weekend’s UFC 257 event, Nurmagomedov was also present on Fight Island. Therefore, it was appropriate for him to receive the accolade. Former UFC light heavyweight champion and Nurmagomedov’s stablemate, Daniel Cormier, took the latter by surprise as he presented him the award.

Khabib Nurmagomedov hilariously mocks Daniel Cormier for his fat legs

Nurmagomedov and Cormier have played a pivotal role in each other’s success. Over the years, the two have shaped each other as the fighters that they eventually became. All those hours of hard work in the American Kickboxing Academy have forged a friendship like no other.

Despite the respect between the two, the duo never spares a chance to pull each other’s legs. The same was on full display when Cormier presented the award to Khabib. Cormier started off by asserting that it was the training that he gave to the Russian champ that played a role in winning the honor. Nurmagomedov was quick to fire back by saying that Cormier’s legs are probably too fat to lock in a triangle choke.

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The incumbent 155-pound champ flaunted his physical gains, which left Cormier awestruck. As they are both retired, they also vowed to eat whatever they prefer once they meet up.

Both Nurmagomedov and Cormier are two of the greatest fighters to grace the Octagon. They have been by each other’s side through several key moments of each other’s careers. Even when Nurmagomedov announced his retirement, he showed his love for Cormier. Now that the two have retired, fans can look forward to seeing them more often outside the Octagon.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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