How UFC legend Khabib has NEVER lost round in training or been submitted and is undefeated in AND out of Octagon

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV's dominance in mixed martial arts will likely never be replicated.

Twenty-nine men tried to get the better of the Russian wrecking machine, who many believe to be the greatest lightweight of all time.

All of those combatants, some of whom were former world champions, failed in that pursuit.

Despite their best efforts, they ultimately all succumbed to the Dagestani destroyer's unparalleled ability to take his opponents down and implement his crushing and suffocating top game.

The recently-retired Nurmagomedov so was dominant that he only lost two of the 60 rounds he spent in the octagon – those being the third and first stanzas in his UFC 229 and UFC 254 bouts with Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje.

Nurmagomedov's dominance wasn't only felt by his opponents -his team-mates at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose also received the full brunt of his crushing skill set.


Former UFC champions Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold and Cain Velasquez were regular training partners of the lightweight king.

And Nurmagomedov got the better of them every single time, despite the trio possessing significant height, weight and reach advantages.

Last year, AKA head coach Javier Mendez told The National News: “People don’t really understand when I tell him I’ve never seen him lose a sparring session.

"Everybody loses sparring sessions. Not him.

"You might win a round or so. I've had that happen, but they don't win the session."

Nurmagomedov walked through the doors at AKA in 2012 and made an immediate impact at the distinguished gym.

Mendez recalled: “The very first day he came into my gym. He destroyed everybody. He just smashed everybody.

"I'd go, ‘Man, that guy's unbelievable. I just wish he'd listen.

"Because every time I tell him relax, relax, the guy goes crazy on me'

"Well, later he comes back and goes, ‘Coach, I don't understand. I thought that meant go harder. So I used to go harder.'"

Nurmagomedov's refusal to lose in sparring paid dividends as he laid waste to all those put in front of him and did so with ease.

And although he's adamant his days as a professional mixed martial artist are over, one can't help but wonder if he'll be tempted to return to showcase his dominance in a legacy-solidifying fight against Georges St-Pierre.

UFC president Dana White is confident he can convince the 32-year-old – whom he'll meet in Abu Dhabi later this month – to compete again.

It will take a herculean effort from White to twist Nurmagomedov's arm as he recently promised his mother he'll no longer fight without his late father – Abdulmanap -by by his side.

But the prospect of fulfilling his father's dream of going 30-0 against St-Pierre may prove to be too tempting for Russia's first UFC champion to turn down.

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