Welcome to the UFC: Said Nurmagomedov
The Nurmagomedov’s aren’t here to take part, they’re here to take over the UFC. With top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov winning and putting himself in line for a title shot last month, and the signing of Khabib’s cousin, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, a couple of weeks ago, the UFC have snapped up a third Nurmy to make a Dagestani triumvirate. MMA Today‘s Nolan King would be first to confirm the signing of another cousin of Khabib, Said Nurmagomedov.
Said’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, also tweeted confirmation from Frankie Edgar’s Twitter account whilst pretending to be Frankie.
25 years old
From Makhachkala, Russia
Training out of DagFighter
3 Submissions (Guillotine, Armbar, RNC)
How I see Said Nurmagomedov doing in the UFC:
Said may not fight anything like his cousins in Khabib and Abubakar, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a high ceiling as well, because he certainly does. Said isn’t the wrestler/grappler like his relatives, but his stand up is superb and will give so many guys problems in the UFC. The best way to beat Said is make it a grueling fight, pressing him against the cage and giving him little space, because he is so dynamic from range. Said has a very diverse kicking attack, throwing a lot of front kicks, side kicks, oblique kicks, and spins very often, but he would make Nick Diaz happy with how quick and accurate he throws it. A constant pace and volume is what really makes Said stand out, and it’s crazy how he only has five finishes because he is always heavy on the pedal with his attack. He has been taken down, but you never see him stationary off of his back. His getup ability is solid, and in scrambles he is ridiculously good. Like I said, his wrestling/grappling isn’t on the level as Khabib and Abubakar, but he is still a good wrestler and grappler who can hold his own. At only 25, Said Nurmagomedov will be a future top 10 fighter in my prediction.