Several of the contenders rising up the ranks in both Bellator and the UFC come from Russia, although more specifically, they all come from Dagestan in the North Caucasus region. Bagautinov, Khabilov, and Amagov are just a few of these top athletes and champions coming out of the region, and people have asked why so many of them come from the same place.
Khabib Nurmagomedov gave an answer to that very question on Instagram. Their secret? Start young:
Nurmagomedov last competed in April, where he dominated a fellow top ranked lightweight in Rafael Dos Anjos to remain undefeated and extend his winning streak to 22 fights. The onset of Ramadan will have him unable to compete anytime in the next several weeks, but according to his manager, Khabib will be ready for another top contender by September.