Coach Khabib Nurmagomedov works around the corner as his cousin Abubakar takes his first-ever UFC win
Coach Khabib Wins Again! Undefeated legend Nurmagomedov guides his cousin Abubakar to his first-ever UFC win at UFC 260 on the Ngannou v Miocic undercard in Las Vegas
Khabib Nurmagomedov helped his cousin Abubakar to his first-ever UFC win over the Francis Ngannou v Stipe Miocic undercard in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Legendary undefeated fighter Khabib, who turned 29-0 in a stellar career, retired in October 2020 after beating Justin Gaethje, a decision finally accepted by UFC President Dana White on March 19.
The 32-year-old Russian therefore gave up the UFC lightweight title, but quickly switched to coach roles and found himself in the corner of another cousin when Abubakar defeated Jared Gooden at UFC 260 to secure his first ever championship win.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (right) helped cousin Abubakar (center) take his first-ever UFC win
Khabib was in Abubakar’s corner when he unanimously beat Jared Gooden on Saturday
Umar fought on the undercard of Francis Ngannou (right) and Stipe Miocic (left) in Vegas
Abubakar (15-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) dominated Jared Gooden (17-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the floor and on his feet to win by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 , 30-27) in his first fight in the cage since November 2019, when he lost to David Zawada.
Round 1 was interrupted by several errors, but Nurmagomedov lined it up with his striking and comfortably won Round 2 after a strong blow on a clinch break.
Abubakar took a takedown in round 3, dragging fellow sophomore Gooden to the canvas and from there on top with his opponent unable to get up again.
Khabib posted this with the caption, ‘Another big win for our team. We are proud of your brother. ‘
He also sat in the corner for cousin Umar on Fight Island in January when he beat Sergey Morozov
The Russian also helped Luke Rockhold (left) train ahead of his UFC comeback
Khabib has been linked with a move to WWE, with wrestler Drew McIntyre backing him into making the move, given his apparent talent.
But Sportsmail reported this week that Khabib had sparked further speculation about becoming a serious trainer by helping US Kickboxing Academy teammate Luke Rockhold return to the Octagon and by helping his family members.
In addition to Abubakar, Khabib sat in the corner for another cousin, Umar, on Fight Island earlier this year when he made a winning start to his UFC career against Sergey Morozov.
The 32-year-old retired in October 2020 after playing 29-0 in a stunning, unbeaten career
UFC President Dana White (left) accepted his decision on March 19 and Khabib left his title
Rockhold told TMZ: ‘He is going for the’ Coach of the year ‘. That’s what he wants. He wants to be the next great thing, following in the footsteps of his father. ‘
That’s what his father always did. His father was always insightful and always had a good eye for the sport … and Khabib is willing to take on that role in fatherhood. ‘
Khabib’s father Abdulmanap was a well-respected martial arts coach and trained his son throughout his career, but sadly passed away in July 2020 after contracting Covid-19.