“We Had an Army Life” – Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals How His Father Trained Him

Published 12/23/2021, 10:00 AM EST
MAKHACHKALA, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 27, 2020: UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is welcomed at a city airport. Nurmagomedov defeated American mixed martial artist Justin Gaethje in the second round at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi on October 24, 2020, and then announced his retirement after 29 victories and no losses in his career. Press Office of the Head of the Republic of Dagestan/TASS THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Photo by Press Office of the Head of the TASS via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov has endured a tough life, both before becoming a famous MMA fighter as well as after achieving fame. His dedication to the sport is commendable and fans have always wondered about several aspects of his life.

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For example, when people got to know that Khabib used to wrestle bears, they were very surprised and were eager to learn more.

In a video, The Dagestani fighter spoke about his childhood, his father, and several other unknown aspects of his life. He spoke about his strict childhood and how he had to do all of his chores himself. He said, “13 years old, I think, now I understand you have to learn how to be independent, but that time it was hard for us.”

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He further revealed, “Like an army. We had an army life. Each had to clean after himself, to wash clothes, to iron them, to go to school and back home, to cook. Everything of this we were doing by ourselves.”

“The main training, when I was in front of father, he was squeezing me out completely. But he gave me a small freedom, to let to the independent life. Maybe it was kind of a preparation for a big run to a professional sport.”

‘The Eagle’ recognizes that it is his father’s teachings and his own hard work that enabled him to achieve heights that many fail to. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s contribution to making Khabib one of the best MMA fighters can never be disregarded.

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Khabib also further spoke about how he would be charged up during fights when his father was present. Thus, his father was his backbone throughout.

What’s next for Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Khabib might have retired but only to step into a much bigger role. He now has his own promotion- Eagle Fighting Championship, and it seems extremely promising. He has great ambitions for this new venture and has also introduced weight classes that are carefully thought through.

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He hopes to see some of the best fighters get on board with Eagle FC. His fans, too, are excited to see how the promotion fares.

What do you think about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s childhood training? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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