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Islam faith kept Khabib grounded, says Chris Weidman

LockerRoom Team
16 December 2022

Chris Weidman, a former middleweight champion of the UFC, was all love for Khabib Nurmagomedov. Weidman said that Nurmagomedov was modest throughout his career in a conversation with Daniel Cormier, a former colleague of Nurmagomedov's from the American Kickboxing Academy.

On a video that Cormier uploaded to his YouTube page. Weidman made the noteworthy claim that Nurmagomedov was one of the exceptional sportsmen who maintained their modesty after reaching the summit of their respective sports.

However, it appeared that "DC" disagreed. Although Nurmagomedov remained modest, Cormier implied that he did have a competitive edge that made him the best.

Chris Weidman claimed that Khabib Nurmagomedov was persistently competitive and self-assured, but not to the extent that he believed he was invincible. The current UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, a buddy and longstanding training partner of Nurmagomedov, should maintain his modesty, according to 'The All-American'.

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In October 2020, Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) called it quits. Nurmagomedov frequently gives the Islamic faith credit for his achievements. He remained undefeated and made three successful defence of his UFC lightweight title. Chris Weidman emphasised Nurmagomedov's faith as he spoke the same with Daniel Cormier.

Khabib had his Islam faith, his Muslim faith to keep him grounded that whole time. He wasn't drinking. He wasn't looking for girls. He wasn't looking for people to tell him how great he is. He stayed humble that whole time, and that's something that -- we really haven't seen [that] in sports. And I think a big part of it was his faith, and his focus on spirituality, which kept him humble even in points in his career where nobody on this planet should be humble,” Weidman said in the interview.

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