UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev showed insane cardio ahead of UFC 284 title bout. The Nelk Boys were also there and trained with him.
Nowadays, NELK or The Nelk Boys is one of the most famous Youtube channels. They usually share vlogs and prank videos. They are famous among the younger audience and started to cover MMA as well in their Fullsend podcast.
They are now even more familiar to older MMA fans for the role they played in the Masvidal and Covington court case and the lavish gifts one of them received from Dana White. Not just that, NELK Boys members are also close to several renowned mixed martial artists.
Some of their members are currently in Dagestan. They flew there to accompany Islam Makhachev ahead of UFC 284 as well as promoting him through their channel. In the recent vlog, Makhachev can be seen training super hard while having fun with the Youtubers.
With Islam Makhachev, Nelk members followed along with his insane cardio training, which includes long sprinting and jogging in extreme weather. Obviously the Youtubers couldn’t match Makhachev’s stamina so they skirted the rules and used a van. Only to realize that it’s only a warm up for the lightweight champion.
Not just that, they also got to do a light sparring with Makhachev. The 31-year-old showed a great difference between him and non-athletes. He can be seen toying with one of Nelk’s members on the mattress.
Islam Makhachev will return to the octagon on February 12 to headline UFC 284 in Perth, Australia after winning the belt against former champion Charles Oliveira back in October.
He is now set to defend his lightweight title for the first time against featherweight champion and pound-for-pound king Alexander Volkanovski. The Australian will move up to the lightweight division for the first time in the UFC to try becoming a double champ.
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