Khabib Nurmagomedov was a part of some of the highest-selling pay-per-views in history. He is the current UFC lightweight champion with an undefeated record of 28-0. After achieving almost everything there is to achieve, Khabib revealed what keeps him motivated.
Since he is not a showman, Khabib had to take the long route to the UFC gold. He defeated Al Iaquinta in 2018 to capture the UFC lightweight championship. In the same year, Khabib defended it in one of the biggest fights of his career. “The Eagle” took on the Irishman, Conor McGregor in his first title defence.
Khabib submitted Conor in the fourth round and then proceed to fight Dustin Poirier. Again, it was the same story in which he submitted Poirier by a rear-naked choke. From fighting a big name like Conor to fighting the less popular Dustin Poirier, how does Khabib stay motivated?
Khabib Nurmagomedov feels that it’s in his blood to fight
Khabib revealed that people questioned his source of motivation. He said:
“I tell people that I have big motivation, I’m hungry. I really wanna compete with the best in the world. This is inside my blood. I feel this.”
“I am famous, I have money, I have belt, I defend my belt I just finished my biggest fight in combat sports history. Now they give me Dustin Poirier. Where are you gonna get motivation from?” Khabib told Brett Okamoto.
At 31 years old, Khabib feels that he is in his athletic prime. The champion wants nothing but to compete at the highest level. After all, Khabib wants to leave behind a legacy.
Although Khabib had mentioned earlier that there are not many fights left in his career, it is clear from his responses that he does not want to leave any questions unanswered.
He said that he will keep fighting as long as he is motivated.
Khabib’s next test will take place in New York where he will face the “Boogeyman”, Tony Ferguson. Ferguson is on a 12 fight win streak and looks to take away Khabib’s belt in one of the highly anticipated matches in UFC history.
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