Umar Nurmagomedov Making UFC Debut

The never-ending skillsets shown by the Nurmagomedov will be displayed again with the UFC. It’s been announced that Umar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov, will make his debut appearance in the UFC at Fight Island in July 2020. It’s expected that Umar will maintain an undefeated record in the highest level of professional MMA. Umar Nurmagomedov currently has an undefeated professional record at twelve wins and zero losses. These statistics were acquired when Umar competed in the Gorilla Fighting Championship, where he’d overcome notable competitors & garner the interest of Dana White. It was after Umar defeated Argentine Brian Gonzales that his contract was cemented with the UFC. Expected a prolonged career from the cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov, which will bring him special benefits when negotiating with Dana White.

Dana White has initially planned to have Umar Nurmagomedov make his formal debut at UFC 249, which was slated to be headlined by Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Traveling restrictions & foolish planning from Khabib prompted this scheduling to be altered. Tony Ferguson would instead compete again Justin Gaethje, ultimately losing his Interim Lightweight Championship to the younger athlete. Most didn’t anticipate Justin Gaethje to dominate in UFC 249, where he’d shock analysts & immediately become one of the most desirable fighters in the competition.

Umar Nurmagomedov didn’t plan for Justin Gaethje to take his spotlight. The plan was for Khabibs cousin to dominate his bantamweight fight & become the newest name to garner popularity in the UFC. Umar wouldn’t have had anyway to leave Russia, and travel to the United States of America. Travel restrictions forced both Nurmagomedov family members to remain inside their respective country. It’s expected that special permissions will be made for Umar & Khabib when travelling from Russia for Fight Island. This follows as governments worldwide have begun lifting their lockdown measures, including aviation operations.

Identical Fighting Styles

It should be mentioned that Umar Nurmagomedov maintains an identical fighting style to Khabib. Both men have trained with Khabibs father for 10+ years, with them also receiving additional assistance from other coaches in the United States and Russia. Umar has formally trained with Javier Mendes at the American Kickboxing Academy. These facts indicate that he’ll play a formidable role in the future of the UFC.