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Umar Nurmagomedov fires again at critics claiming he pulls out of fights and doesn’t compete sufficient

Umar Nurmagomedov would love to stay more active, but sometimes it’s just not possible. The 28-year-old bantamweight contender competed for the first time in more than a year on Saturday at UFC Vegas 87, defeating Bekzat Almakhan after being forced out of a previously scheduled bout this past August against Cory Sandhagen in a five-round

Umar Nurmagomedov fires again at critics claiming he pulls out of fights and doesn’t compete sufficient

Umar Nurmagomedov would love to remain extra energetic, however generally it’s simply not doable.

The 28-year-old bantamweight contender competed for the primary time in additional than a yr on Saturday at UFC Vegas 87, defeating Bekzat Almakhan after being compelled out of a beforehand scheduled bout this previous August in opposition to Cory Sandhagen in a five-round principal occasion. Because it stands, Nurmagomedov has solely fought twice prior to now 14 months, and he responded to critics claiming he’s earned a fame for pulling out of fights and never competing as typically as required to deserve a fame as among the best abilities on the planet at 135 kilos.

“All people talks about my pullouts,” Nurmagomedov mentioned at his post-fight press convention. “Sean [O’Malley’s] coach and a few totally different guys [talk about it]. In my life, I pulled out due to me, my well being, two occasions. First time, I used to be sick. My face was very massive and I didn’t sleep all night time and I used to be very sick. I don’t keep in mind [anything] worse than that point in my life. I didn’t battle, but it surely was a battle with Sergey Morozov and later I fought with him. Second time, due to me, due to my well being, I pulled out due to my shoulder. I injured my shoulder and I did surgical procedure and I’ll battle with Cory Sandhagen once more, I hope.

“It’s two occasions after I pull out due to me. Different [times], when [the pandemic happened], when my uncle [Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov] handed away, when my opponents pull out, they’re going to rely every thing and say Umar pulled out eight occasions. It’s not true.”

Regardless of an ideal 17-0 report, Nurmagomedov had endured loads of dangerous luck in his makes an attempt to work towards title competition within the UFC.

It’s unlucky, however Nurmagomedov says finally accidents solely compelled him to tug out of two contests, however no one desires to acknowledge the opposite circumstances that led to battle cancellations.

“I pull out two occasions,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “One time, I battle with this similar man once more. I don’t assume somebody is scared. Guys come to MMA, combined martial arts, and I believe all people who comes to do that job goes inside and tries to make harm to one another. All people is courageous. I simply need to battle.

“Subsequent, Cory Sandhagen — he talked about [fighting me during International Fight Week], he desires to battle, let’s go, I’m prepared. If he don’t need it, any person else. I actually don’t care.”

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Nurmagomedov acknowledged that the harm inflicted on his physique attributable to a rigorous coaching schedule can come again to chew him sometimes, however that’s simply the character of the game.

As a result of he might be referred to as upon to compete at any time, Nurmagomedov stays coaching year-round, and punishing the physique like that week after week, month after month would catch as much as anyone.

“I’m doing a tough job,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “They mentioned to me, ‘You’re going to battle,’ for instance, ‘the final battle in January.’ They mentioned, ‘Sure, you’re going to be combating in March.’ I hold working. I believe no one can do arduous coaching all yr. That’s why I’m generally injured.

“First time I injured my knee, second time I injured my shoulder as a result of I’m not wholesome like a robotic. I can break too. That’s why I need to battle every thing [in] three months. I need to be energetic. It doesn’t rely upon me, however while you’re injured, what are you going to do?”

So far as his standing within the division, Nurmagomedov guarantees he’s not afraid to face whoever the UFC throws at him, and he’s actually not searching for a straightforward opponent. He’s assured that he can beat anyone on the planet at 135 kilos proper now, and he’s by no means going to remorse expressing that confidence in himself.

“I’m speaking as a result of I do know what job I did,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “I do know different guys, what they’re doing. I do know my workforce. The best way I’m speaking, I can smash and I can end Petr Yan. I’m critical. I can do that. After I discuss Cory Sandhagen and I can end him, I’m critical.

“Not as a result of I’m cocky or one thing like that. No. However guys, I’ve a really, superb workforce. Have a look at our workforce. 4 guys are light-weight division champions. Who else groups have like that? No one.”

Now that he’s again and wholesome once more, Nurmagomedov doesn’t need to waste any time reserving his subsequent battle. He plans to coach by way of Ramadan and hopes that UFC 303 on June 29 might probably function a touchdown spot for his return to motion.

“[UFC] mentioned we’ve a date [International Fight Week] with Cory Sandhagen,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “Earlier than this battle, they’re speaking about this and Cory is speaking about this, so I believe it’s going to occur.”

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