Khabib Nurmagomedov to corner Belal Muhammad at the highly anticipated UFC 280 fight against Sean Brady


Khabib Nurmagomedov to corner Belal Muhammad at the highly anticipated UFC 280 fight against Sean Brady

Nurmagomedov is already tied up wit multiple coaching responsibilities on the night

Khabib Nurmagomedov and his every growing stable of suffocating wrestlers just found their newest addition in Belal Muhammad. Muhammad who will be facing Sean Brady in the prelims for UFC 280 has now taken up camp along with Nurmagomedov and his team in Dubai.

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Now Muhammad has announced that the latest addition to his corner in Abu Dhabi will be none other than the former lightweight champion himself, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Considering his schedule, UFC 280 is about to be a very long night for Nurmagomedov.

Muhammad has been on a 7 fight-winning streak with the only obstacle in the way being a No-contest against current Welterweight Champion, Leon Edwards. With a victory over Brady, he earns a shot at possibly being one fight away from a title shot. The Chicago native relies heavily on his wrestling and a coach like Nurmagomedov can only polish it more.

The crew, who have been training in Dubai at the NAS Sports complex are being provided with the best any athlete could ask for, as they’re personally under the blessing of the Shiekh Hamdan Bin Muhammad, the crown prince of Dubai.

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Are Khabib Nurmagomedov and Belal Muhammad related?

Belal Muhammad x Khabib Nurmagomedov
Muhammad (2nd from Top Right) seen along with Nurmagomdeov and the rest of the AKA-Eagles MMA team

Nurmagomedov and Muhammad may seem an unlikely pairing seeing as they’re from two different cultures and corners of the world. However, what unites them is their dedication to their religion.

Moreover, they support a lot of the same causes, chief among them being Palestine’s fight for self-determination. Muhammad who is a first-generation immigrant from Palestine has been among the few people in MMA vocal about the suffering in that part of the world.

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Belal was also among the very few who walked out of the tunnel representing the Palestinian flag, a few weeks before the UFC finally banned all flags from broadcast, citing the ongoing conflict in Russia and Ukraine to be the chief reason.

As a coach, Nurmagomedov has had a great run with his key focus being in Islam Makhachev and his effort to bring the belt back to Dagestan. Other notable students of his include his cousins Umar and Usman Nurmagomedov who are on unbeaten runs of their own in the UFC and Bellator respectively.

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