Usman Nurmagomedov has the bloodline and the teaching – and for him, they’re one in the identical.
The weeks main as much as his third promotional look have been no totally different for Nurmagomedov (13-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), who competes Saturday vs. Patrik Pietila (11-8 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Bellator 269 in Moscow.
He continues to coach below cousin Khabib Nurmagomedov at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, Calif. Despite a room filled with high-level Russian athletes, Nurmagomedov revealed there’s no inter-camp competitors – and he definitely doesn’t really feel an urgency to amass extra wins than his cousin.
“We’re friends in camp,” Nurmagomedov stated at a digital pre-fight information convention Tuesday. “There is no goal for us to compete with each other on that level. We’re friends and we just do what we do. … I don’t have a personal goal of overcoming and beating Khabib’s record. The goal to me is to stay undefeated. At the end of the day, I’ll always be known as Khabib’s (cousin), if you know what I mean. ”
Since Khabib’s retirement, the previous UFC light-weight champion has unsurprisingly discovered his area of interest following within the footsteps of his father, the late Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. In his quick tenure as a coach, Khabib’s win-loss document is lopsided towards victory, one thing that makes his cousin assume historical past will proceed to be made.
“I believe that Khabib can definitely take that spot (as one of the best coaches ever),” Usman Nurmagomedov stated. “Whatever he’s putting his mind to, usually and normally, he achieves that. In this case, I definitely believe that he would be a better coach than he is a fighter.”
The Nurmagomedov mentality is a stalwart and robust, a lot in order that tapping is considered by the group as an unacceptable end result. Why? Nurmagomedov defined that psychological blemishes are everlasting in comparison with bodily ones.
“Well, if you go to sleep, you’re going to wake up,” Nurmagomedov stated. “If something breaks, it’s going to heal. To me, it’s easier to go to sleep or it’s easier to actually have something broken because that will heal certainly faster than my self esteem. … In my mentality, there is not thought of losing. In fact, what I do to apply it is that I keep on training. I keep my mind straight and I keep on preparing for fights all the time as much as I can to continue the legacy.”
Bellator 269 takes place Saturday at VTB Arena in Moscow. The principal card airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.