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Khabib Nurmagomedov Recalls Being ’Harshly’ Treated By Father Despite UFC Fame

Khabib Nurmagomedov Recalls Being ’Harshly’ Treated By Father Despite UFC Fame

Unbeaten UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke candidly about his complicated bond with his late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. The stern nature of Khabib's father had a long-lasting effect on the illustrious fighter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: In a interview, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion, opened up about his complex relationship with his late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Khabib shared insights into the stringent training methods employed by his father, who treated everyone equally, regardless of their familial ties. Despite achieving tremendous success in the octagon, Khabib’s father’s strict demeanor left a lasting impact on the renowned fighter.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Talks About His Relationship With His Father

Khabib, the unbeaten UFC Lightweight Champion, talks in a video about how his father treated him when he was training. He said “For the father, there was no difference who you were to him – a nephew, a son, or someone else, When Abdulmanap came to the hall, everyone was equal for him Now, if you are a minute late, he told you to pack your things and leave, And there was no difference – father, uncle On the contrary, he treated us more harshly.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov Recalls Being ’Harshly’ Treated By Father Despite UFC Fame
Khabib Nurmagomedov Recalls Being ’Harshly’ Treated By Father Despite UFC Fame


Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, revered as both a coach and mentor, played a pivotal role in shaping Khabib’s career. His untimely passing in July 2020 due to complications from COVID-19 deeply affected Khabib, his family, and the entire MMA community. Following his father’s demise, Khabib made the difficult decision to retire, leaving behind an undefeated record of 29-0.

Equal Treatment and Uncompromising Standards:
Khabib’s recent revelations shed light on the unwavering discipline instilled by his father during their training sessions.

Abdulmanap’s approach was firm and impartial, treating all athletes, including his own son, with the same level of intensity and discipline.

Khabib recalls that his father would dismiss anyone who arrived even a minute late, emphasizing the importance of punctuality and dedication to the sport.


Khabib’s reflections on his relationship with his father reveal the multifaceted dynamics between them. The bond between father and son went beyond familial ties and was built on mutual respect and an unwavering pursuit of excellence.


Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s legacy extends far beyond his accomplishments as Khabib’s coach. His impact on Russian MMA and his reputation as a revered figure in the sport will forever be remembered.


Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent revelations about his father’s strict treatment during his training provide a glimpse into the complexities of their relationship. Despite the challenges faced, Khabib recognizes the invaluable lessons his father imparted and the instrumental role he played in his success.

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