Khabib reveals his cousin is set to make his UFC debut next month

Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals his cousin Umar is set to make his UFC debut on ‘Fight Island’ next month… and promises ‘I will fight with him myself’ to train his man for the big day

  • Umar Nurmagomedov is set to fight Sergey Morozov in bantamweight clash
  • The 24-year-old Russian has seen a number of his fights fall through this year 
  • UFC 257 fight card will be headlined by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier
  • Khabib is still yet to hold talks with the UFC over relinquishing lightweight title

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Umar is finally set to make his UFC debut on ‘Fight Island’ next month.

Unbeaten superstar Khabib revealed that his cousin’s first fight for the promotion will take place at UFC 257, on the undercard for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, on January 23.

Umar will take on Kazakhstan’s Sergey Morozov in a bantamweight clash in Abu Dhabi, after the Russian fighter saw a host of prior bookings fall through.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (left) has revealed his cousin Umar (right) will make his UFC debut

There will be great excitement at seeing the younger Nurmegomedov cousin in action after Khabib racked up a 29-fight unbeaten career to be ranked the UFC’s No 1 pound-for-pound star. 

Khabib told Match TV: ‘Umar has long been a UFC-level fighter: he is 24 years old and ready for big challenges. I will be with him, help as much as I can, advise, fight with him myself, control the preparation process. 

‘So January 23 is a big day for our team and our family.’ 

‘Umar’s debut has been postponed three times. His fight will take place on January 23 in Abu Dhabi. Less than a month left. I hope that he still performs.’

Umar was originally set to face American Hunter Azure on April 18, however the COVID-19 pandemic forced that fight to be cancelled. 

UFC 257 will be headlined by the rematch between Conor McGregor (left) and Dustin Poirier

He was then scheduled to fight British bantamweight Nathaniel Wood in July but was forced to withdraw from the card. 

Umar was then booked to face Morozov but was taken ill during the training camp, now the pair’s bout has been rescheduled meaning they will finally face off in the UFC’s first big pay-per-view event of 2021.

Khabib will be in Abu Dhabi at the same time as former opponents McGregor and Poirier, both of whom covet the Russian’s lightweight title.

The 32-year-old insists he is retired, but also revealed that he has yet to hold discussions with the UFC over relinquishing his title.

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