Russia: 'It has been a long journey' — father of UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov

SOT, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Father of Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russian): «Emotions can be different. I have just realised to what extent I am tired. But I am very grateful to the whole team which has worked with Khabib over the last seven months. It is the merit of the club, [unclear] and Oka. They worked with Khabib as well as the team did. And that is the outcome, the result, the victory in UFC... Еще for the first time in the history of Russia.» SOT, Journalist (Russian): «Assuming that there is a choice between Madison Square Gardens with Georges St-Pierre and the tournament in Russia ...» SOT, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Father of Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russian): «Russia is the priority.» Father of Russia's first Ultimate Fighting Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov thanked all those involved in the triumph and discussed his son’s quest for victory, during an interview in Makhachkala on Sunday. «The traumas were haunting us but we pulled through. We were moving ahead slowly, but had success,» said Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father of the new lightweight champion. Describing his son's track-record and the fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov was lined up to face on his path to glory, his father noted that the fight — later cancelled — with Max Holloway had required special training. Commenting on the cancellation of a planned fight with Anthony Pettis, who was chosen to replace Max Holloway, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov claimed he knew that Pettis himself would refuse first to fight and «would ask for a lot of money just to avoid the battle.» Nurmagomedov also expressed his son's desire to contest a bout at Moscow's Olympic Stadium and pointed out that among all world venues, «Russia is the priority.»

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