Habib Nurmagomedova: John Locher / AP
American fighter mixed martial (MMA), Daniel Cormier shared his thoughts on the Russian Habib Nurmagomedov: both athletes in the gym American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). Interview with Cormier published in Yahoo! Sports.
Cormier remembered about how Nurmagomedov came in the room AKA. Habib was very young. “He didn’t know English, but watched each fighter Academy: Cain Velasquez, Josh Thompson, Jon Fitch. He studied at all. Changed their own habits,” said 40-year-old fighter.
“I think that faith, devotion to family, the team and myself helped Habib to become a star. He’s got great wrestling. And in striking Nurmagomedov is stronger than commonly believed. For me he is one of the best MMA fighters,” said Cormier. He also admitted that he believes 30-year-old Russian biggest star AKA.
Cormier tops the ranking of the athletes of the ultimate fighting championship (UFC) without taking into account weight categories. The American former light heavyweight champion and current holder of the belt in the heavyweight category. 17 August Cormier will have another title defense in the fight against Stipe Miocici.
Nurmagomedov — UFC champion at lightweight. On account of his 27 wins in 27 fights. Russian occupies the third place in a rating of fighters of the organization without taking into account weight categories. On 7 September he will fight against Dustin Pore — interim champion in the lightweight division.
Video, photo All from Russia.