“You Are Spoiling Them With It”- Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Parents Are Endangering Children’s Future by Praising Them

Published 12/23/2021, 11:00 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 14, 2020: UFC Lightweight Champion, Russian mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a press conference at the StandArt Moscow Hotel. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail MetzelTASS via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is famous for his achievements in the MMA world. The 33-year-old Dagestani has achieved such impressive feats that are nearly impossible to redo. ‘The Eagle’ before retiring added 29 back-to-back wins to his name.

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Nurmagomedov took the lightweight belt from Al Iaquinta after defeating him at UFC 223. He went on to hold the title from 2018 to his last fight against Justin Gaethje in 2020. ‘The Eagle’ credits all his achievements to his father’s hard work and training.

Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, trained his son and many other of his pupils like Islam Makhachev from the very beginning. Unfortunately, he recently passed away.

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Recently, a video by Fights FlashBacks surfaced on the internet. In the emotional video, Khabib opens up about his father Abdulmanap and his upbringing. ‘The Eagle’ revealed that his father never praised him.

Nurmagomedov shared, “He didn’t like to praise at all. I did. We even had such jokes. Every time I said to him: ‘Not going to praise?’ That was after I became a father. Last 4-5 years. I said: ‘Not going to praise?’. He answered: ‘No’.”

Khabib also said that his father was his biggest critic,” He has never praising. Not just me, he was always critical of everything. When I succeed, I think he was proud, anyway.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t enjoy praising children

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In the same video, he talks about how his culture doesn’t require praising children and shared the harm in doing so. He said,” I think you don’t have to praise children in their presence. You are spoiling them with it. It is necessary to demand from them.”

KAZAN, RUSSIA MAY 29, 2021: Sambo coach Esed Emiragayev (L) and tetired MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who held the UFC Lightweight title from April 2018 to March 2021 (2nd R), attend EFC 36 Eagle Fighting Championship at Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

According to the 29-0 fighter, free time and praise are the two most dangerous things for children. He revealed “these two can spoil children, their future, the person they could become” and advised parents to stop praising their offspring.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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