“We’re Not Going to Bring Any Bears”- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says the New Generation Is Not Ready to Fight Bears

Published 11/09/2021, 1:53 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is interviewed after 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)


The undefeated UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov who himself wrestled bears in childhood said today’s generation is not ready for the same in an interview. Recently, the Dagestan native was present at the press conference of his newly opened football academy in partnership with the former Dutch international star Clarence Seedorf.

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During the interview, ‘The Eagle’ was asked if there will be bears for training at the academy. To which Nurmagomedov jokingly replied by saying, “We’re not gonna bring any bears. Right now, with the new generation, it’s not good.”

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He added, “I don’t think they are ready to fight with bears. Even myself from last 10 years I have changed. You know I like morning wake up drink cappuccino, no more bears.”

‘The Eagle’ retired from professional fighting after his successful title defense against Justin Gaethje. However, the Dagestan native has been doing other things outside the UFC octagon since he hanged his gloves.

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His new Seedorf Khabib Performance Club in partnership with DMCC in Dubai, will combine the attributes of football and MMA to train the youngsters. And provide opportunities for new talents.

‘The Eagle’ is trying to give back to the sport and cultivate a champion like him from the upcoming generation. As he knows what drives a person to become a champion.

What Drove Khabib Nurmagomedov to Become a Champion

The former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has an amazing professional fighting record of 29-0 under his name. He remained undefeated in the UFC and has three successful title defenses under his name.

‘The Eagle’ defeated many prominent names like Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje during his time in the UFC. Hence, many believe him to be the greatest UFC fighter to enter the octagon.

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)

In the same interview, Nurmagomedov revealed what lead him to become one of the best that he is today. He said, “We know how to become champions. We know the way. And right now, our goal is to create champions.”

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“And in this sport, what you need, you have to be hungry. You have to be hungry… Same about me. When I was young, I know how I was hungry. This is very important in this game, football, and MMA. To become successful, you have to be hungry.”

Although the UFC legend has retired from combat sports, he continues to coach his friends and teammates for their UFC career. This shows his dedication and love towards mixed martial arts and his hunger to be the best in every aspect of life.

What do you guys make out of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s words? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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