Khabib roasts former UFC champ in grappling session (VIDEO)
Khabib Nurmagomedov might be a retired fighter nowadays but that certainly hasn't stopped him from dominating in the training room.
The former UFC lightweight champion confirmed his retirement from mixed martial arts in early 2021, several months after first stating that he was stepping away from the sport following a decisive submission win against Justin Gaethje.
The undefeated Russian star resisted several calls from UFC president Dana White to return to the cage in pursuit of a final win to make his 29-0 record a little more symmetrical to instead concentrate on various other business ventures, including the Eagle FC fight promotion he fronts, but it is clear that Khabib's competitive fires still burn after recent footage of him grappling with longtime training partner Luke Rockhold surfaced online.
“If Sambo was easy... It’d be called Luke Rockhold,” Khabib jokes in the footage, riffing on an infamous joke about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. “It’s okay. Ask Luke what happened today.”
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“I just miss you, I hug you brother,” adds Khabib in a separate video, which also surfaced via Rockhold's social media.
The American, though, gets in a few one-liners of his own, telling the Russian great to “keep practicing!” as he rises to his feet - only for Khabib to take him down once again.
Both men are former UFC champions, with Rockhold once the titleholder at middleweight and Khabib at lightweight - but Nurmagomedov joked that there isn't too much a size disparity nowadays.
“205 vs 210,” Khabib indicated online. “If you don’t know, now you know.”
Submission expert Rockhold has long been impressed with Khabib's prowess on the ground, previously saying of him last year: “I’ve never had a ‘55 pounder come and chase me around the gym and want to grapple me - and actually compete with me! Khabib is a real competition for me in a grappling match.
“As opposed to any other ‘55 pounder, most ‘70 pounders, I play with all of them.”
The footage shows that Khabib is still more than capable of handling his peers when it comes to grappling arts - but sadly, it appears as if this is as close as we will ever come to the Dagestan superstar competing in the cage once again.