In a nostalgic blast from the past, a resurfaced video online is making waves as it showcases the late Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov executing an impressive takedown on none other than UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the revered father and coach of Khabib Nurmagomedov, played a pivotal role in shaping the skills of both Khabib and Makhachev. The video, a testament to their enduring training relationship, highlights the intricate techniques instilled by Abdulmanap.
Trained in Sambo and renowned as an MMA coach, Abdulmanap was not just a mentor but a significant influence on Dagestani athletes. The resurfaced clip captures a brief sparring session between Abdulmanap and Makhachev. The two engage in a clinch position, and as the sparring begins, Abdulmanap seamlessly executes a takedown, showcasing his mastery in the art.
The video has stirred a considerable response from fans who commend Abdulmanap’s coaching prowess and physical strength, even in his older age.
“Old man’s strength is a real thing.”
“He’s shown rag-dolling Khabib in other videos. Strong as an ox.”
“A legendary coach.”
“A legend for what he created.”
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s untimely demise due to COVID-19-induced bilateral pneumonia deeply impacted the MMA community. His influence on Khabib Nurmagomedov was profound, leading to Khabib’s decision to retire from professional fighting after his father’s passing.
Despite the loss, Abdulmanap’s legacy lives on through Khabib, who has followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming an MMA coach himself. At 35, Khabib continues to contribute significantly to the sport, coaching talented Dagestani athletes like Islam Makhachev, the current UFC lightweight champion, ensuring the Nurmagomedov legacy endures in the world of mixed martial arts.