The Dagestani smashing machine at light heavyweight retired in October 2020 after compiling an unheard-of 29-fight win run and a perfect career record.Since then, it should come as no surprise that Nurmagomedov has grown as a gifted coach to several of his countrymen and even some outsiders, including Belal Muhammad of Chicago, Illinois.
His most recent victory, a second-round technical knockout over Sean Brady at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was arguably his best effort.Muhammad finds it simple to acknowledge merit after collaborating with “The Eagle” during that fight camp.
To me, he’s the Michael Jordan of MMA, he’s the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) to me and I’m like, ‘I get to work with Michael Jordan in his prime,’” Muhammad said “It’s not like he retired because he was getting beat up or he was injured, he retired for a reason.
He’s still the best to do it right now. He’s still the best in the practice room.
Muhammad laughed. “In the grappling, I cannot do anything.
He’s sitting there having a conversation, ‘Brother, get me a Starbucks,’ as he’s like getting me in a kimura and I’m like, bro. I don’t know whether to be mad or embarrassed.”
Muhammad,used Nurmagomedov’s assistance more for his anti-wrestling than for his attempts to brutalise opponents on the offensive in the same way that fans had come to expect during the aforementioned 29-fight run.
Brady was never taken down, and Muhammad’s strategy and preparation were perfect as he gave the Philadelphian his first career setback.