HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – His son Khabib was maybe probably the most outstanding instance of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s capacity to craft blended 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 problems in 2020.
As he enters his 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 bout vs. Brendan Loughnane (21-3), Khaybulaev’s targets stay the identical: to win and hold his coach’s reminiscence alive.
“I owe him a lot because he’s the one who put a lot of time into us,” Khaybulaev instructed MMA Junkie on Wednesday whereas he wore a shirt along with his coach’s picture on it. “It’s probably more time than he spent with the family. He was always training with his students and coaching us. I would say there’s a big part (of why I’m here) is because of his work. Definitely, he’s a big inspiration for me and I’m going to carry his legacy.”
Since the loss of life of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khaybulaev has educated with Khabib. The former UFC light-weight champion continues his transition to teaching after his October retirement. To Khaybulaev, Khabib is nothing wanting an icon.
“I’ve known him since 2009, in different years, more or less,” Khaybulaev stated. “He’s been always around. We’ve trained with his father when he was alive. He’s a great guy. We always help each other. Well, rather, he’s helping us at this point. He’s very supportive in many ways and it stays like a big family.”
“… He’s a great inspiration for everybody in the region. He is actually one of the people who put Dagestan on the map. Now people know about this region much more than before. He’s a very honorable man. He helps us not only in fighting but in lifestyle. He shows people how to be an honorable person. Overall, he’s just a great inspiration and a great man to make our region known in the world.”
The 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 takes place Friday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The foremost card airs on ESPN2/ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN+.
Check out MMA Junkie’s full 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 pre-fight interview with Movlid Khaybulaev above.