UFC lightweight champion and one of the best fighters on the planet, Khabib Nurmagomedov recently in an interview talked about the importance of education in life.
The UFC lightweight champion spoke to reporters in Russia following the recent EFC event in Dagestan. Nurmagomedov was asked about a recent Instagram post he made where he said parents need to raise their kids the right way. The legend then expanded on those comments with the media and spoke about the importance of education. One of the things that the Russian is concerned with is that too many young people are putting aside their studies. In Nurmagomedov’s estimation, going to school needs to come before anything, even sports.
Khabib Nurmagomedov talks about education
“We need to tell our children to study first, and only then do sports. If training comes before studying, it might lead to antisocial behavior. Clueless and brainless. That’s why education should always be the priority. That’s the way I grew up,” Nurmagomedov said (h/t RT).
While sharing one of his childhood stories Khabib talked about the time when his late father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov wouldn’t let him train if his grades were low. Many fighters and people around his place use to think Khabib might grow up and became a good teacher as he was so much dedicated in his studies due to his father.
“For example, back in 2002, 2003, when my father had his first students, I was always with them. There were already world champions among them, and I was just 14 years old. And they thought I would become a teacher at school, not an athlete. Because I was so focused on education. Yes, I was training at the same time, but studying always came first. My father didn’t even let me attend training if I had bad marks. He said, ‘First, study well. Then I’ll let you train,’” Nurmagomedov said.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a huge following not only in the MMA world or his country but also globally he is recognized as a true ambassador of this sport. The message that he gave out to the people would bring a positive change in the younger generation and would guide them for their betterment.
Khabib Nurmagomedov retired in the cage following his UFC 254 title defense against Justin Gaethje. Despite Nurmagomedov’s comments, White continued to voice confidence the Russian fighter would return to try to advance to 30-0. Khabib Nurmagomedov recently said that he is going to have another meeting with UFC president Dana White regarding his fighting future and the lightweight division.
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