Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t compare himself to Fedor Emelianenko, says he is trying to build his own legacy

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Khabib Nurmagomedov shies away from comparison to former PRIDE heavyweight kingpin Fedor Emelianenko, admits that he is more interested in building his own legacy as a UFC lightweight champion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is not one for comparing himself to Russia's past MMA legends.

The UFC lightweight competitor, who is scheduled to meet Rafael do Anjos in one of the feature fights on the preliminary portion of the UFC on FOX 11 fight card, revealed that he has no interest in the similarities between himself and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

Like Fedor, Khabib has amassed a fantastic winning streak during his career, and even though Fedor would have his streak broken during his run in Strikeforce, the comparison between the two fighters is understandable.

While Nurmagomedov holds the upmost respect for the Russian heavyweight legend and sees him as an inspiration, he is looking to steer away from these comparisons and instead focus on building his own legacy as a lightweight.

"No, I do not feel any pressure because of my record, I never think about it." Nurmagomedov told Combate.com. "What about Fedor, he's a great fighter and I have always watched his fights. I try to inspire myself in him, in the way he behaved. But we're two different athletes, he is a heavyweight and I'm a lightweight, and I'm not trying to imitate him. I'm trying to build my own legacy."

Nurmagomedov also discussed the possibility of becoming UFC champion, saying that while he does not care whether he is the "first or the second" Russian fighter to win the title, it is definitely his main goal for 2015.

"I have never thought much on these details, if I will be the first or the second Russian fighter. I have my own goal and I am trying to achieve it step by step. This year will be difficult for me to materialize this goal, because Pettis will face Melendez only at the end of the year, but in 2015 I will try to become champion."

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