Former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov outlines coaching credentials by helping cousin Abubakar to...
Abubakar Nurmagomedov claimed a dominant victory over Jared Gooden at UFC 260 as cousin Khabib watched on with pride in the corner.
The former UFC lightweight champion has assumed the role of coach since hanging up his gloves following his win over UFC 254 against Justin Gaethje.
Alongside American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez, Khabib watched on as his cousin delivered an absolute clinic to mark his return to the Octagon.
Having been submitted in his UFC debut back in 2019, Nurmagomedov returned in style with a dominant victory which showcased his improved striking.
As well as being a wonderful grappler, the 31-year-old from Dagestan clearly possesses a fantastic jab and a nasty left switch kick.
If there was perhaps one criticism of Khabib’s career, it was perhaps his somewhat unpolished striking – an issue he managed to overcome with his relentless grappling and improved submission skills.
Yet the next batch of Russian superstars to emerge appear to be even more well-rounded and dangerous, thanks to help from Khabib and the teachings of his father.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away in July last year and the impact it had on all of his pupils was clear to see, with Abubakar dedicating his performance to his former coach in the week.
“He loved to play chess,” Nurmagomedov told RT Sport, sharing a photo on Instagram of Abdulmanap.
“He could play chess all night if he had someone to play with,” he movingly added. “We are all from him, and we will return to him.”