Tagir Ulanbekov not pressurized to live up to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Tagir Ulanbekov shares his thoughts on the recent win and reveals what he wants next.

by Aryan Lakhani
Tagir Ulanbekov not pressurized to live up to Khabib Nurmagomedov
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The rising flyweight contender Tagir Ulanbekov secured a beautiful submission win against Cody Durden. Ulanbekov has had a fantastic UFC career so far, 2 wins- 1 loss- 2 wins has been his recent record.

Ulanbekov seems to be on a steady rise; he is 3-4 significant wins away from being featured in the top 15 rankings.

It is worth knowing that Tagir Ulanbekiv was trained by Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov (Khabib’s father). He recognizes the pressure associated, yet he wants everyone to know that it doesn’t bother him at all.

Tagir Ulanbekov on his recent fight

During the recent post-fight interview, Tagir Ulanbekov shared his thoughts on the recent win and spoke about what he wants next.

“The first time, when I caught him with a punch and then went for the submission, I rushed a little bit,” Ulanbekov said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “But then in the same round, I went for the choke and it was very deep.

I was surprised he got out. Then in the second, I got a few submission attempts. But the last one was too deep and no one could escape it. To be honest, this expectation (to live up to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev) doesn’t pressure me at all.

My coach (Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov) believed in me that I could do it, and that’s what’s most important. No one could beat me harder than the guys in training on my team. He did everything to get us here. No one believed in him.

When he started MMA, no one took it seriously. Everyone said it was not a sport. But he believed in what he did, and today we honor his legacy”.

Tagir Ulanbekov on what he wants most

“Since I joined the UFC, I’ve had very few fights.

But it’s not because I don’t want to be active. I’ve had bad luck with injuries, with some sickness and infections, but I want to be more active”.

Khabib Nurmagomedov