HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – His son Khabib was maybe probably the most distinguished instance of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s skill to craft combined martial artists, however he wasn’t the one one.
2021 PFL Playoffs featherweight semifinalist Movlid Khaybulaev (17-1) is amongst those that thought of themselves fortunate sufficient to be beneath the tutelage of coach Nurmagomedov, who died of COVID-19 issues in 2020.
As he enters his 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 bout vs. Brendan Loughnane (21-3), Khaybulaev’s objectives stay the identical: to win and preserve his coach’s reminiscence alive.
“I owe him so much as a result of he’s the one who put a number of time into us,” Khaybulaev advised MMA Junkie on Wednesday whereas he wore a shirt together with his coach’s picture on it. “It’s most likely extra time than he spent with the household. He was all the time coaching together with his college students and training us. I might say there’s an enormous half (of why I’m right here) is due to his work. Positively, he’s an enormous inspiration for me and I’m going to hold his legacy.”
Because the demise of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khaybulaev has educated with Khabib. The previous UFC light-weight champion continues his transition to teaching after his October retirement. To Khaybulaev, Khabib is nothing in need of an icon.
“I’ve identified him since 2009, in numerous years, roughly,” Khaybulaev stated. “He’s been all the time round. We’ve educated together with his father when he was alive. He’s an incredible man. We all the time assist one another. Nicely, reasonably, he’s serving to us at this level. He’s very supportive in some ways and it stays like an enormous household.”
“… He’s an incredible inspiration for everyone within the area. He’s truly one of many individuals who put Dagestan on the map. Now folks learn about this area far more than earlier than. He’s a really honorable man. He helps us not solely in preventing however in life-style. He exhibits folks methods to be an honorable individual. General, he’s only a nice inspiration and an incredible man to make our area identified on the planet.”
The 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 takes place Friday at Seminole Arduous Rock Lodge & On line casino. The primary card airs on ESPN2/ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN+.
Try MMA Junkie’s full 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 pre-fight interview with Movlid Khaybulaev above.