Very few days ago it was announced that Usman (11-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov, signed with Bellator. The company and the Russian fighter reached a multi-year agreement, which has given us something to talk about in these hours. This is a minor relative of the UFC lightweight champion, who will once again defend his belt in late October. Both have been very close, despite being training partners as well.
The Bellator illusion
«With the signing (of Friday) of Usman Nurmagomedov, we have made it clear that Bellator is the home of the best fighters on the planet and of an organization where future sports stars are coming to compete ”, was what Scott Coker, current president of Bellator. The president was very happy to have him between his lines, knowing that he is undefeated and is a great prospect for what is coming.
In turn, the businessman also acknowledged the following: “I am delighted that Usman joins the promotion and will be placed in an immediate position to show his skills and fight at 155 pounds. We look forward to having you in action inside the cage of Bellator in December or January ». He is clearly excited about what the Russian can do in the state, which grows more and more every day.
Like his UFC cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov He fights at light weight and has a style very similar to the current champion. Both train at the American Kickboxing Academy in San José, California, along with other relatives. In turn, he was also trained by the father of Khabib, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov in Dagestan, who passed away earlier this year from the coronavirus pandemic.
The best in the division
Notably, the lightweight division of Bellator has some of the greatest fighters today, where the champion is Patricky Freire. The latter holds the lightweight and featherweight title, being one of the best in the world at present. For his part, Michael Chandler left the company a few weeks ago to move to the UFC. But nevertheless, the category has two more greats: Benson Henderson, former champion Brent Primus.