“Brazilians are good ground fighters, but in this aspect, as the fight moves from the clinch and translations to the ground, we have no equal. Americans are athletic, strong, and are distinguished by explosive athletic power. I think that in five or years we will be able to reach the level of the Americans and Brazilians, and we will hold at least two titles. The most promising Russian fighters in the UFC are, in my opinion, Islam Makhachev, Albert Tumenov and heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov. All of them can become champions in their divisions if they are properly trained.”
If you thought Khabib Nurmagomedov was an outspoken badass, just wait until you hear from his father.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is not only a proud father, but he is a proud Russian as well. Abdulmanap is known as one of Russia’s most famous mixed martial arts coaches and it is easy to see why: He helped mold Khabib into the fighter he is today.
In a recent interview with SK-Bazarganova, Abdulmanap shared his thoughts on how the powers are about to shift when it comes to dominant nationalities in MMA. He also throws in his two cents on future Russian contenders within the UFC.
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