Meet Khabib Nurmagomedov's fighting cousins, taught by the UFC star's late father and predicted to be the future of MMA

HAILING from Dagestan, called 'the most dangerous place in Europe', the Nurmagomedovs are ready to become the next sporting family dynasty.

Leading the way is Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32, who boasts an incredible 28-0 record in the MMA, and returns to the UFC on October 24.

But it's his cousins who are also causing a stir in the fighting world.

There's Usman, who's been described as an "absolute killer", Abubakar who picked a fight with Conor McGregor, while Umar has an unblemished record of 12-0.

All were trained by Khabib's father Abdulmanap, until his untimely death aged 57 following a battle with Covid-19 earlier this year.

Meet the Nurmagomedov family of fearless fighters.

KHABIB

What more to say about the conqueror of The Notorious.

Khabib became the most feared fighter at lightweight and is hoping to became an all-time great at his weight.

Undefeated in all 28 fights, Khabib currently holds the longest active streak without losing in MMA.

As a commodity, he put his name on the map when he defeated Conor McGregor in 2018 by submission.



At UFC 254 he faces off against Justin Gaethje to determine the true lightweight champ.

Arguably, with McGregor undecided on his future in the octagon, Khabib is UFC president Dana White's biggest star.

USMAN

The Nurmagomedov most expected to follow in Khabib's footsteps is Usman.

The 24-year-old has just signed an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.

He will compete in the lightweight division, a weight class currently dominated by double champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.

Khabib's manager, Ali Abdelaziz believes Usman is a better fighter than The Eagle.

"He's 10-0, all finishes. He's an absolute killer," Abdelaziz told Asian MMA. "

"He's a Muay Thai specialist and he's Khabib's brother, you understand? If you have the same blood as Khabib, you have good wrestling.

"I'm telling you, he is actually a better version than Khabib. He is better than Khabib. I'm telling you, people should watch for him. He's an absolute killer."

Спасибо всем за поздравления. Психологически сложный бой для меня в связи с последними событиями. В течении месяца мне предложили 9 разных соперников и у каждого возникали проблемы с вылетом. Следующий мой бой пройдёт в сентябре на турнире GFC. Очень надеюсь на крепкого и сильного соперника, я считаю что уже готов к большим вызовам. Спасибо моим спонсорам @bukaboxing @gorillaenergy @alhadaya.ru

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UMAR

Fighting on the same card as Khabib at UFC 254 is Umar.

Another family member with a growing reputation, he'll take on Sergey Morozov in a bantamweight contest.

Like Khabib and Usman, Umar is also undefeated – winning all 12 of his contests.

He earned his stripes fighting in the Pro Fighting League, Fight Star, Samara MMA Federation, Battle on Volga, and Gorilla Fighting Championship.

Umar, 24, was supposed to take on Nathaniel Wood on Fight Island back in July, but pulled out in the run-up to that bout.

He is part of Khabib's trusted inner circle and regularly trains with the UFC Lightweight Champion.

ABUBAKAR

The eldest of the cousins, Abubakar has been a constant support for Khabib.

Often, he is by his cousin's side – and the 30-year-old competes in the welterweight division of the UFC.

He has a total of 15 wins from 19 MMA fights, losing three.

But it was in 2018 when he became a more renowned name to fight fans.

At UFC 229, after defeating McGregor, Abubakar jumped the cage and charged towards the Irishman's cornerman Dillion Danis.

A scuffle broke out and McGregor punched the Russian in the face.

In January 2019, Abubakar was banned from the sport for a year and fined £20,000 for the fracas.



THE MAN THAT MADE IT HAPPEN

There's no doubt that the Khabib and his cousins wouldn't have made it without Abdulmanap working them hard.

An elite athlete in his day, he earned Master of Sports recognition in freestyle wrestling.

He also excelled in judo and sambo, which he picked up while serving in the military.

When Abdulmanap finished his career, he naturally went into coaching to pass on his expertise.

However, his training methods were often controversial.

Famously, when Khabib was only 12 Abdulmanap had his son wrestling against a bear.



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