The hype surrounding the ONE Championship debut of Saygid Izagakhmaev is at an all-time high. The Dagestani MMA fighter will be making his promotional debut on 14 January 2022 at ONE: Heavy Hitters against James Nakashima.
Ahead of his debut, Saygid’s teammate and MMA icon Khabib Nurmagomedov believes that Saygid is going to be someone to watch out for in ONE championship.
“We’re all waiting for his debut. I know Saygid has stayed in the gym every day and night, and he’s excited about his debut in ONE Championship. He’s very hungry. That is very important in this game. You have to be hungry. There are a lot of reasons why Saygid is a very dangerous opponent,” Khabib said during his recent interview with ONE Championship.
The former UFC champion further went on to add that Saygid has a very dangerous style.
“He began training with my father when he was very young, and I know him very, very well. He was always focused and a very hard trainer. We have a similar fighting style, like grappling, wrestling, clinching, how we move, how we use our body and our hips on the ground, but he’s a little bit taller than me. Saygid’s style is very dangerous because he’s tall. He has a long reach with his legs and arms. He has very good elbows, good clinch, and, of course, a very good on-ground game – like all of the guys from our school,” he added.
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