In an epic fight for the UFC lightweight title, Khabib Nurmagomedov demolished Conor McGregor in the fourth round of the stunning clash. It was battle that took Khabib’s record to 27-0 which is quite astonishing. Khabib made his debut back in the year 2008 and his undefeated streak stands the longest in the history of professional MMA fighting. While the result is the most important of all the ones in Khabib’s career, many of us aren’t aware of the hard work the man has done throughout his life to become such a tremendous athlete.
Did you know that Khabib grew up fighting bears during his childhood days? The credit goes to Khabib’s father, who is also his coach. He has built a warrior with some of the most unique techniques in the world which nobody have ever heard of.
Khabib hails from one of the toughest places in Russia named Dagestan and started training at the age of just 8. Khabib’s father, a retired military vet and an accomplished ‘Russian Sambo’ coach, decided to train his child to make him one of the greatest the world has ever seen.
According to Mirror, after training for 3 years in Russian Sambo, at the age of 12, Khabib was put into training for wrestling. At 15, came judo. Then again at 17, he was pulled into perfecting Russian Sambo.
But what is doing the rounds on social media is a video clip from back in 1997, where an 8-year-old Khabib is seen taking on a bear cub. Khabib’s crew confirmed that bear-fight was a part of his training routine from a very young age. Now that’s something to digest!
You can watch him train with bears here:
Long runs on inclined surfaces for endurance work, high repetition bodyweight exercises, hill sprints and literally training with stone weight outdoors, Khabib prefers an old-school training approach as far his strength and conditioning are concerned.
Now, this is how a warrior is built. It takes immense hard work and determination to reach the level this boy is at today. There’s not a shadow of a doubt that he deserved every bit of the win against Conor McGregor and we bow down to the force from Dagestan.