Umar Nurmagomedov Touches On Recent Inactivity Following Win At UFC Vegas 87

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 87, Umar Nurmagomedov impressed by earning the unanimous decision over Bekzat Almakhan in his first showing since January 2023.

Through the success of this bout, the undefeated Russian added a 17th win to his record, with the five most recent taking place inside the UFC Octagon.

During Saturday’s post fight press conference, Nurmagomedov took the opportunity to set the record straight regarding his lack of activity in the 14 months leading up to his recent victory.

“Everybody talks about my pullouts,” Nurmagomedov said at his post-fight press conference. “Sean [O’Malley’s] coach and some different guys [talk about it]. In my life, I pulled out because of me, my health, two times. First time, I was sick. My face was very big and I didn’t sleep all night and I was very sick. I don’t remember [anything] worse than that time in my life. I didn’t fight, but it was a fight with Sergey Morozov and later I fought with him. Second time, because of me, because of my health, I pulled out because of my shoulder. I injured my shoulder and I did surgery and I will fight with Cory Sandhagen again, I hope.

“It’s two times when I pull out because of me. Other [times], when [the pandemic happened], when my uncle [Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov] passed away, when my opponents pull out, they’re going to count everything and say Umar pulled out eight times. It’s not true.”

(h/t MMFighting.com)

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Understandably, when you train as hard as Nurmagomedov, injuries are bound to happen, bun unfortunately not everyone takes that into account when a fighter’s booking history is riddled with cancellations. But at this point, he seems to be healthy and motivated to fight as soon as possible.

“I’m doing a hard job,” Nurmagomedov said. “They said to me, ‘You’re going to fight,’ for example, ‘the last fight in January.’ They said, ‘Yes, you’re going to be fighting in March.’ I keep working. I think nobody can do hard training all year. That’s why I’m sometimes injured.

“First time I injured my knee, second time I injured my shoulder because I’m not healthy like a robot. I can break too. That’s why I want to fight everything [in] three months. I want to be active. It doesn’t depend on me, but when you’re injured, what are you going to do?”

“I’m talking because I know what job I did,” Nurmagomedov said. “I know other guys, what they’re doing. I know my team. The way I’m talking, I can smash and I can finish Petr Yan. I’m serious. I can do this. When I talk about Cory Sandhagen and I can finish him, I’m serious.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

While Nurmagomedov does seem additionally motivated by the idea of remaking his cancelled bout with Cory Sandhagen, he did reference other options such as Petr Yan.

He added that UFC 303 this June is when he hopes to compete next.

“[UFC] said we have a date [International Fight Week] with Cory Sandhagen,” Nurmagomedov said. “Before this fight, they’re talking about this and Cory is talking about this, so I think it’s going to happen.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

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