Umar Nurmagomedov, remember the name.
UFC confirmed on Thursday that they have signed Khabib’s cousin Umar, who has bags of potential.
The 24-year-old bantamweight has been a part of Khabib’s entourage for a number of years but also holds a pretty impressive MMA record himself, joining the UFC with a current record of 12-0.
It is now rumoured that Umar could fight on the undercard of UFC 249, where his cousin Khabib faces Tony Ferguson in the main event of the show. His rumoured opponent for the fight is Hunter Azure, a bantamweight who is also undefeated.
Highlights on YouTube show just how promising Umar is, he has impressive mat skills and striking which could make him a massive threat in the bantamweight division.
Umar has won five of his fights via submission, which includes his latest fight in the Octagon when he defended his bantamweight title against Brian Gonzalez at Gorilla Fighting Championship 20, where Umar secured the win with a rear-naked choke in the first round of the fight.
With six of his wins coming by judge’s decision that means Umar has only one victory via knock out, but this is something we could hopefully see change in the UFC.
In response to footage of Umar’s latest fight on YouTube, the comment section is flooded with praise for Khabib’s cousin, with users describing him as things such as 'an incredible prospect.'
They also mention how they believe he is destined for great things in the UFC after displaying “an absolute masterclass” against Gonzalez.
With Umar’s arrival to the UFC, it is sure that current UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo will be keeping a close eye on him.
In the meantime, Khabib is keeping speculations alive that he and Conor McGregor will fight again as he taunted the Irishman stating that he shouldn’t have lost the third round of their fight in October 2018.
Whilst speaking to close friend Daniel Cormier, Khabib says “I smashed him.” Which he has solid ground to believe this as he landed 15 significant strikes during the third round.
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