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Khabib Nurmagomedov Returns to Corner Islam Makhachev at UFC 302

Khabib Nurmagomedov Returns to Corner at UFC 302
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev

Khabib Nurmagomedov is making a comeback but as a cornerman for his comrade Islam Makhachev at UFC 302.

Hailed as the greatest lightweight in MMA history, Nurmagomedov retired from fighting in 2020 after the passing of his father, Abdulmanap. Post-retirement, he dedicated himself to continuing his father's legacy through coaching. However, in recent years, he even took a step back from that, supporting his friend and teammate Islam Makhachev without being in his corner during fights. That is about to change this weekend.

On Saturday, Makhachev will defend his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 302 in Newark, NJ, and Nurmagomedov will be by his side.

“Eagle has landed in Jersey City,” Makhachev informed UFC officials while signing fight posters. “He’s going to be in my corner. Honestly, I’m very happy because he’s one of the best corner coaches, brother, friend. That’s it.”

Nurmagomedov last cornered Makhachev when he captured the UFC lightweight title by submitting Charles Oliveira at UFC 280. After that victory, Nurmagomedov helped Makhachev set up a promo for a pound-for-pound showdown with then-featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

Nurmagomedov’s return to Makhachev’s corner brings an extra level of excitement to UFC 302. Fans are eager to see if the legendary coach can help guide his protégé to another successful title defense against the formidable Poirier. Makhachev has been on an impressive streak, and having Nurmagomedov in his corner could provide the strategic edge needed for victory.

For Nurmagomedov, this is not just about cornering Makhachev but also about continuing his father's legacy in the sport they cherished. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was a revered coach and mentor, and Khabib’s involvement in Makhachev’s career is a testament to his commitment to honoring that legacy.

As fight night approaches, the MMA community is buzzing with anticipation. Nurmagomedov’s presence in Makhachev’s corner adds to the high stakes and drama of UFC 302, promising an unforgettable night for fans worldwide.


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