Khabib Nurmagomedov coached his cousin Umar to victory at UFC 272.
Umar, who was up 10lbs for this fight but says he will move back to bantamweight next time, submitted Brian Kelleher in the first round and he only took one significant strike in the short fight.
With almost no damage sustained, Umar offered to fight again for the UFC later this month.
In his post-fight interview, Nurmagodmeov said, “Very happy to get a win over such a tough opponent, he’s a badass, so I’m very happy with the win.”
Khabib, who has now been announced to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in the Class of 2022, was lively cageside himself and was thrilled to see his cousin take the win.
In true family tradition, Umar pushed the pace on Kelleher and showed great front kicks in the early stages.
True to his Dagestani roots, Umar took the back of his veteran opponent and got a full-back choke at 3:15 of the first round.
Umar goes 2-0 in the UFC and 14-0 overall, but despite his impressive performances, many fans noticed Khabib was having fun in retirement.
Khabib trained Umar and Islam Makhachev – who was also in Umar’s corner at UFC 272 – at American Kickboxing Academy with his own former head trainer Javier Mendez.
But many fans have noticed that Khabib has gained weight since he called it a day in the octagon. Fair play at The Eagle, enjoy this retreat.
Khabib repeatedly noted towards the end of his career that weight cuts to 155 pounds were always brutal for him and that he was walking about 20 pounds over the lightweight limit.
The legendary grappler no longer has to worry about weight limits and with the news that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it seems more unlikely than ever that the 33-year-old will ever be tempted to retire.