The starting line of Khabib Nurmagomedov – “I have a dream:“ I hit, my opponent falls, the audience explodes with screams ”. My father wanted to make a judoka out of Khabib, but did not harm his dream.
In 2011-2013, that is, before becoming famous, Khabib Nurmagomedov answered fans’ questions on the Mixfight.ru forum. Here is one of his first posts – about his sports base:
“From 12 to 15 I was engaged in freestyle wrestling at the School of Higher Sports Skill with Saidakhmed Zulkhudzhaevich, then I switched to judo, studied with the Honored Coach of Russia Jafarov Jafar for two years, and from the age of 17 to this day I am engaged in combat sambo with my father, and now I’ve been coaching a group of schoolchildren for a couple of years, and I’ve been working professionally and performing for three years already. I play for the club “Dobro” Ukraine “.
Judo is the sport in which Khabib was seen by his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. And this despite the fact that when the future UFC sports champion was 15-17 years old, Abdulmanap began to cultivate a martial art new for the republic in Dagestan – combat sambo. However, Khabib’s father took place as an athlete in judo. He began with free-style wrestling, but, having arrived to study in Poltava – at the Poltava Cooperative Institute, he began training in judo and sambo – under the guidance of coach Peter Butria.
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From an interview with Butria “SE” (October 2020):
– At our institute, we devoted a lot of time to judo, there was a serious group. Abdulmanap first tried his hand at freestyle, and then still gave preference to judo. Then judo was on the rise.
– How did Abdulmanap look then?
– Weighed 65-70 kilograms.
– Yes, he played in the Union Championship in the category up to 66 kg.