|Venue: VTB Area, Moscow, Russia Date: Saturday, 23 October|
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Rising Bellator star Usman Nurmagomedov is satisfied his cousin Khabib will go down as the most effective MMA coaches.
Khabib Nurmagomedov retired in 2020 because the reigning UFC light-weight champion with an undefeated 29-0 document.
Usman, who trains beneath Khabib in the USA, mentioned: “I imagine Khabib can undoubtedly take that spot.
“No matter he is placing his thoughts to, usually he achieves that. On this case, I undoubtedly imagine he could be a greater coach than he’s a fighter.”
Bellator have excessive hopes for Usman, who fights this Saturday on residence turf in Moscow at Bellator 269.
Whereas Khabib is thought to be one among MMA’s greatest ever fighters, Usman is undefeated in his personal professional profession after 13 fights. He takes on Finland’s Patrik Pietila in Moscow.
“It doesn’t suggest something to me his final identify,” Pietila mentioned of his opponent.
“I like to be an underdog, show folks improper and present them I am the true deal. It is good to close them up.”
The catchweight battle is third on the principle card and though the highlight is firmly on Usman due to his coach, the 23-year-old insisted he isn’t keen on competing with Khabib’s legacy.
“I haven’t got a private objective of overcoming and beating Khabib’s document,” he mentioned.
“The objective to me is to remain undefeated. On the finish of the day, I will all the time be often known as Khabib’s [cousin], if you recognize what I imply.”
Additionally in motion at Bellator Moscow is heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko, who headlines in a battle with Tim Johnson in what is anticipated to be one among his remaining bouts.