While champions get most of the attention from the media and fans, teamwork is invariably what lays the foundation for success. Coaches, managers, sparring partners, nutritionists, cornermen, and many others are behind any fighter who is in the limelight. We know that you helped him during the camp, you were in his corner during the fight itself. How do you feel after that tremendous win? It did take a lot of work.
Хабиб Нурмагомедов | UFC
On February 18 I flew to the US to help my brother and sparring partner to prepare for the fight. We had a nice two-month training camp, after which we claimed the victory. RT: What was the most difficult part of the intense preparations for the fight? AN: The most difficult moment is when the fighter needs to cut the remaining 2 or 3kg lbsas water still remains in the body and you need to get rid of it.
During this weight cut you need to fully control the fighter and take care of him as if he were a child. The fighter could become panicky. And in order to avoid that, you need to divert his attention from problems to make him stay calm and positive.
He recently changed his tactics and started to follow a diet long before the fight. How was it this time around?
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Was it easier for him to cut weight? Normally, when Khabib starts losing weight we write down everything: when and what he ate, how many kilos he lost. And we try to stick to the plan, otherwise many problems can occur, and could lead to him pulling out from the fight.
Thank God there were no injuries and health problems before the fight. We always try to have sparring partners with suitable weight proportions in order to avoid any injuries. Everything went smoothly this time around, despite the fact that we were forced to change our dietologist after we found out that Khabib would fight Max Holloway, because he also works with Max.
He was replaced by Islam Makhachev, who proved to be a really good dietologist himself. RT: Who made the decision regarding the dietologist? AN: We made this decision all together.
RT: How difficult was it to watch Khabib from the corner during the fight, given that your team had so much on the line that night? AN: Everything went more or less smoothly. At least in the beginning, I was very calm when Khabib kept Iaquinta on the ground in the first two rounds and worked according to our plan. But when he started throwing those jabs in the further rounds… I guess he watched Muhammad Ali too much before the fight.
I realized — this guy wants to fight all five rounds tonight. He has never fought all five rounds before, and he wants to try it now.