Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin, Umar, enjoys triumphant start to his UFC career on Fight Island EXACTLY nine years after lightweight champion made his victorious debut… and BOTH wins were via rear-naked choke submission
- Khabib Nurmagomedov made a winning UFC start on January 20 nine years ago
- On his UFC debut, Khabib beat Kamal Shalorus in third round via submission
- Exactly nine years on, Khabib’s cousin got off to the perfect start to UFC career
- Umar Nurmagomedov beat Sergey Morozov in second round via submission
The script couldn’t have been written any better for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin, Umar, as he made a winning start to his UFC career on Wednesday on Fight Island.
The 25-year-old marked his UFC debut with a second-round rear-naked choke submission of Sergey Morozov, with legendary cousin Khabib backing him in his corner.
But what was so special about the occasion was that the victory came exactly nine years to the day since undefeated lightweight champion Khabib enjoyed a triumphant debut on January 20, 2012.
Umar Nurmagomedov celebrates after beating Sergey Morozov on his UFC debut
Umar’s victory came exactly nine years after Khabib made a winning start to his UFC career
Khabib overcame Kamal Shalorus in Tennessee nine years ago, winning through the exact same technique as his cousin but via a third-round submission instead.
And following Umar’s special victory, Khabib made reference to this, claiming his cousin’s debut win was more emphatic as he managed it quicker.
As Umar celebrated in the Octagon on Wednesday, Khabib said while smirking: ‘You talk about me. Nine years ago this day, January 20, 2012, I beat my opponent with this choke you know.
‘And today he did this, but I did it in the third round and he did it in the second round.’
Umar, the former Professional Fighters League featherweight, was light on his feet from the off during his debut but after attempting two early high kicks, he opted to take the fight to the canvas, and he did so in style.
Umar secured a second-round rear-naked choke submission on Wednesday on Fight Island
Umar dominated from the offset as he looks to make waves through the UFC divisions
And after Morozov was rocked early on in the second round, Umar went in for the kill.
Umar performed lethal back kicks to the legs and the body before securing two more takedowns.
And the pressure then took its tool on Morozov as Umar eventually produced the rear-naked choke to get off to the perfect start in his UFC career.
Pound-for-pound king Khabib, who is weighing up a comeback to the Octagon with his eyes firmly peeled on this weekend’s UFC 257 action, enjoyed his cousin’s triumph from his corner.
With arch rival Conor McGregor making his UFC comeback on Saturday against Dustin Poirier, many fans were left wondering whether there would be any fireworks between the pair on Fight Island.
But UFC president Dana White revealed Khabib won’t be sticking around for McGregor’s fight at UFC 257.
Retired champion Khabib was in his cousin’s corner for his stunning UFC debut on Wednesday
Khabib has not been in the same room as McGregor since their infamous UFC 229 post-fight brawl and a possible confrontation between the old rivals had been expected.
But White said: ‘He’s cornering on Wednesday and then he leaves. He leaves and goes to Vegas. So I will have the fight and fly home on Sunday and I’ll see him again in Vegas.’
White sat down with Khabib last week to discuss his future following the Dagestani’s emotional decision to retire after beating Justin Gaethje last October.
Even though he’d promised his mother he would no longer compete after the death of his father Abdulmanap, there remains a chance he could reverse his decision to walk away.
White revealed that Khabib wants to see something spectacular from one of his lightweight rivals on Saturday to motivate him to come back, although he will be watching from afar.
Khabib overcame Kamal Shalorus in Tennessee in the third round exactly nine years ago
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