Nurmagomedov is fighting in front of American fans for the first time in his career at the event to be held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., In a fight that comes almost exactly four months after the much-vaunted lightweight fighter achieved unanimity. unequivocal. decision victory in his debut with the American Fighting League in April.
The 23-year-old will take on US veteran Luis Munro in one of the fights featured on a Bellator map, hailed by many as one of the best mixed martial arts events of the year, to be overcome with a showdown eagerly awaited featherweight. between Patricio Freire and AJ McKee.
Like Nurmagomedov, Muro is undefeated in his Bellator tenure, although he has lost several times earlier in his career and hopes to use his opponent’s name as a springboard to launch his own title bid in the promotion crease.
Of course, that won’t come easy. Nurmagomedov is the latest in a long line of Dagestan grapplers to have filtered from the tutelage of his late uncle, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, and passed through the halls of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., Where his skills were streamlined by Javier Mendez – the head of training for Khabib and Islam Makhachev.
But with that famous name, and all the expectations that go with it, comes a very bright spotlight – something Usman says he has to learn to manage.
“Everything is fine,” Nurmagomedov said of his preparations for Saturday’s fight.
” I feel good. I’m happy to be here for [my] second Bellator fight. I’m still getting used to all the cameras and all those interviews but it’s okay.
“It’s a big part of the game so I have to get used to it. It’s even a little pressure, but it’s okay.
“I miss the fans. I fight for the fans. That’s what it is about, so I’m very excited to be fighting with a crowd. “
Nurmagomedov will enter the fight as a big favorite against 12-6 Muro and know that an impressive victory – and on such a prestigious card – could well accelerate what appears to be an inevitable rise in the Bellator lightweight rankings.
In this case, it is suspected that the last potential world drummer in the Nurmagomedov family’s assembly line of savages may have to get used to the cameras and bright lights before long.
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