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‘He will smash John Cena’s face’: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager fires warning to WWE ‘steroid freaks’ chasing fight with UFC icon

‘He will smash John Cena’s face’: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager fires warning to WWE ‘steroid freaks’ chasing fight with UFC icon

Ali Abdelaziz, the manager of recently-retired UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has a warning for any pro wrestlers hoping to tempt the Russian superstar into the WWE ring, saying that they would “get beat up for real”.

Nurmagomedov, 32, stunned the mixed martial arts world last year when he revealed shortly after his successful title defence against Justin Gaethje that he was stepping away from the cage for good – a decision that Khabib has stuck firmly to despite an overwhelming campaign launched by UFC boss Dana White to convince him otherwise.

The undefeated, 29-0 Dagestani has more than a few irons in the fire to keep him busy in retirement. He is heavily involved in Russian MMA promotion Eagle Fighting Championship, as well as helping to oversee the fighting future of legions of rising stars, his cousins Usman and Umar included, and the man he hand-picked as his lightweight heir, Islam Makhachev.

Should Nurmagomedov ever have the itch to compete, one potential opportunity could come with the WWE, who have extended welcomes to the likes of boxing champions Tyson Fury and Floyd Mayweather, MMA star Ronda Rousey and others in recent years. 
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In the event of that opportunity arising, Abdelaziz has hinted that Khabib might well deviate from the script and put a beating on whoever the WWE deems unfortunate enough to pair with him.

Let’s be real, [if] any of these soft steroid freaks wanted to go ahead and have a wrestling match with Khabib and they want to get beat up for real, they know who they need to call,” Abdelaziz said to TMZ Sports.

He’ll go there and he’ll smash [WWE legend] John Cena’s face. No problem.

He’s going to go in there and smash somebody. After he’s done with them, they’ll never want to wrestle him.

“Because they understand there is levels to this. He is not going to be a friend, joking – it’s going to be real.”

Dominance MMA chief Abdelaziz also detailed Nurmagomedov’s natural ability as an MMA coach as he continues to help guide the careers of numerous fighters from Dagestan.

He’s a great coach naturally,” said Abdelaziz. “He’s a very disciplined human being. Of course, [American Kickboxing Academy coach] Javier Mendez is helping. He is the head coach. Khabib is never going to take that away from him out of respect.

But realistically, he’s just a disciplined human being. He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever seen. He’s an unbelievable coach.”

If Nurmagomedov ever follows his AKA teammate Cain Velasquez into the WWE ring, it could certainly make for must-see TV should he follow through with his manager’s warning to pull no punches in the pantomime world of ‘sports entertainment’.

We’re sure most will agree that would be a very entertaining sight indeed.
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‘He loved to play chess’: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Abubakar pays tribute to Abdulmanap ahead of Gooden bout at UFC 260 (VIDEO)

‘He loved to play chess’: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Abubakar pays tribute to Abdulmanap ahead of Gooden bout at UFC 260 (VIDEO)

Ahead of his bout with Jared Gooden at UFC 260, Abubakar Nurmagomedov has been able to rely on his cousin, Khabib, staying awake to help him make weight – and revealed how the ex-champ’s father, Abdulmanap, loved a game of chess.

Nicknamed the ‘Dagestani Gangster’ by another former champion and one of his occasional training partners, Daniel Cormier, Nurmagomedov is seeking a first UFC win more than 16 months after losing on his sole appearance for the promotion so far.

Although the 31-year-old sambo and freestyle wrestling powerhouse hardly seems the type to lack motivation, any extra impetus he needed has been emphatically provided by a series of tasteless comments made by opponent Gooden about the Nurmagomedov family name and Russian fighters.

“I know that he doesn’t have any wrestling, nor grappling,” Nurmagomedov told RT Sport, shrugging off Gooden’s jibes that all Russian fighters rely solely on their ground game.

“But I know he has got a good stand-up game, good boxing. He moves well and has a good physique – it will not be an easy fight.

“I will need to fight a smart fight, more intelligent. It’s not just about simply taking him down, so I will have to outsmart him, to fool him around.

“He is a big, strong guy – a boxer. Let’s see if he gives up or not. Will he fall asleep or not?”

Former lightweight champion Khabib has said that Nurmagomedov is approaching his peak and has never looked as focused as he has this week, when he will have the chance to avenge that first-round defeat to David Zawada in November 2019.

‘The Eagle’ has stayed awake with Nurmagomedov while he has gone through the rituals of making weight, describing his role as part of the camp as a major motivation for him following his retirement from his own celebrated career in October.

The undefeated icon shares training duties with Javier Mendez, who is known to create playful social media videos with Nurmagomedov when they are not hard at work in camp ahead of the meeting with Gooden.

“Javier is always there,” explained Gooden, adding that the man who helped guide Khabib to many of his greatest successes occasionally pretends to be filming him joking around without pressing record on his phone.

“Monday, Wednesday and Friday are Javier’s days. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are when Khabib holds some freestyle wrestling sessions, wall wrestling, grappling.

“But sparring sessions are all up to Javier. After every training session, whether it’s Khabib or Javier, we sit together and discuss everything: who needs what, all the flaws or fortes.”

The camp has lost none of the close-knitted spirit that was overseen by Khabib’s late father, Abdulmanap, before his untimely passing last year following complications caused by the novel coronavirus.

As was the case for so many MMA stars, Abdulmanap was a mentor to Nurmagomedov who supported him during the highs and lows of life as a fighter, including an 18-month lay-off after he partially tore ligaments in one hand and developed a troublesome cyst in it.

“He loved to play chess,” Nurmagomedov said, sharing a photo on Instagram of Abdulmanap surveying the pieces on a board with the same studied expression he applied to training sessions and fights.

“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.”

Nurmagomedov suggested that Gooden’s ignorance about Russian fighters meant he would be better off trying an underwater version of chess than MMA, but he believes that another fighter, Mike Perry, would be a more worthy future opponent for him.

“No emotions at all,” he said of the notoriously provocative American who he would “love” to fight. “He called out a lot of fighters. He loves calling people out on the internet, so he made me interested. I would like to share an octagon with him.”
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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Abubakar aims to avenge UFC debut defeat this month after ‘Hollywood’ jibe at Sterling over Yan fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Abubakar aims to avenge UFC debut defeat this month after ‘Hollywood’ jibe at Sterling over Yan fight

Abubakar Nurmagomedov will face fellow UFC newcomer Jared Gooden in his second fight for the promotion at UFC 260, when he will hope to avoid the kind of farcical finish that he mocked Aljamain Sterling for at the weekend.

In a clash of two experienced welterweights looking to avenge debut defeats in their UFC careers, Russian Nurmagomedov will seek a 16th win in his 20th professional fight on the undercard of the event headlined by Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou in Las Vegas on March 27.

Nurmagomedov will be fighting for the first time since his first-round defeat to David Zawada at UFC Fight Night in Moscow in November 2019, when a submission by triangle choke ended his night prematurely.

That is former amateur National Fighting Championship title holder Gooden’s favored grappling technique, which could give the 27-year-old confidence when he looks to bounce back from a decision defeat to veteran Alan Jouban last November.

Lightweight champion Khabib described how “everything was going to plan” for Abubakar on Tuesday, posting a photo of the pair together alongside another of his fighting cousins, Usman, and trainer Javier Mendez.

“The Eagle” described Abubakar and Usman as “next in line”, and Abubakar shared a photo of himself embracing the retired great and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, at a table last week, writing: “Now is good.”

Abubakar took an entertaining swipe at UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling following his bizarre win over Petr Yan at UFC 259 on Saturday.

Having watched his countryman dominate the fight before suffering a disqualification after being adjudged to have landed an illegal knee on a ground Sterling, Abubakar accused Sterling of theatrically exaggerating his injury as he tried to resume the scrap and was attended to by doctors.

“Let’s make a donation for Aljo and send him to Hollywood casting,” Nurmagomedov wrote on Twitter, watching the fight being called off as a result of the stricken Sterling being unable to continue.

Nurmagomedov’s joke received a mixed reaction, with some fans laughing and others attempting to mock him over his loss to Zawada.
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Ready to rise: Islam Makhachev deserves top-five UFC shot as he steps out of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s shadow

Ready to rise: Islam Makhachev deserves top-five UFC shot as he steps out of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s shadow

As UFC boss Dana White continues to pine for his retired superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov, he may well have a tailor-made replacement for the Russian standout already under contract in his teammate, Islam Makhachev.

Makhachev enhanced his already sterling reputation with a third-round submission of dangerous power puncher Drew Dober in Las Vegas last weekend in a fight which served warning to the UFC’s lightweight elite that, while Nurmagomedov may well have ridden into the sunset, there is another oppressive Russian grappler ready to take his place.

29-year-old Dagestani Makhachev has long been prophesied as a future lightweight standout. He grew up with Nurmagomedov, spending countless hours on the mats with the future UFC champion under the tutelage of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, honing his skills to world-level. 

After an 11-fight unbeaten start to his mixed martial arts career, Makhachev inked a deal with the UFC to make his debut for the organization in early summer 2015, when he would vanquish Leo Kuntz by second-round submission.
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Makhachev’s second UFC fight was a different story. Paired with experienced Brazilian fighter Adriano Martins in Texas, he would taste defeat for the first and only time in his UFC tenure to date when he was defeated by a first-round TKO after Martins connected on the onrushing Makhachev with a powerful right hand.

Defeat, though, is an unfamiliar feeling to many of those who came from Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s stable of fighters – and it is something Makhachev hasn’t experienced since.

Saturday’s submission of Dober was Makhachev’s seventh straight win in the talent-rich 155lbs division and has risen him to 11th in the UFC’s official lightweight rankings, surely setting him up for an increased test in his next outing.

Speaking to the media following his win on Saturday, Makhachev suggested that he could take Nurmagomedov’s role in a proxy-feud with Nurmagomedov’s longtime rival Tony Ferguson.

My dream fight is Tony because we have some deal with him over a couple of years,” he admitted. “Now he still pressures Khabib.

“I don’t understand this guy. I want to just help him retire. He’s old. His mind is a little bit crazy. That’s why I just want to help him.”

Makhachev’s ranking just outside the division’s top ten may prove to be more of a burden than an opportunity. If you cast your mind back several years before Nurmagomedov’s own unstoppable march to the UFC crown, the Russian’s impressive record coupled with his (at the time) unknown name meant that he became one of the most-avoided fighters at 155lbs.

Those factors remain largely outside of Makhchev’s control and, as he repeated to the assembled media in Las Vegas, comparisons to Nurmagomedov will only lead to him trainer harder to emulate the success of his friend and training partner.

You know this is motivation for me,” Makhachev said. “Because now people talk about me. A lot of people tell me, ‘you’re going to be next, you’re going to be champion.’ That’s why I have to train more. Just training. That’s it.

[Nurmagomedov] showed me all the way. He showed me what I have to do to be there. Now I think of a good win streak, I just have to finish my next opponent. Maybe in one or two fights, I’m going to be the next champion.”
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A showdown with Ferguson would be a tantalizing bout and would bring some sense of closure to the doomed series of fight bookings between Ferguson and Khabib. But it remains a distinct possibility that the sometimes-difficult Ferguson might not be amenable to fighting the 11th-ranked fighter of his division.

And therein lies the potential next narrative to extend out in his MMA career. 

While his obvious talent demands that Makhachev has earned his opportunity to take on the UFC’s lightweight elite, don’t be too surprised if a lack of enthusiasm from potential opponents makes him join Nurmagomedov in taking the scenic route to UFC gold.
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