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Midnight Mania! Khabib’s 56-year-old dad can still body him

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Khabib’s dad has still got it. Despite Nurmagomedov being possibly the most overwhelming and effective wrestler in the Octagon today, his father, who is also his coach, can still not only hold his own but even push his son around when they tie up.

Abdulmap Nurmagomedov is 56 years old. He has coached Khabib since Khabib was old enough to walk. One of the most distinctive things about the Dagestani lightweight champion is his relationship with his father. The elder Nurmagomedov is a lifelong wrestler and combat sambo practitioner. He is presumably responsible for that early footage of Khabib wrestling bears, and for his success in the Octagon, where Khabib is still undefeated.

It is also clear that the student has not yet become the master.


This Max Holloway fan art is indeed blessed.

Old man Dan Henderson is still moving around on the mats with Sam Alvey

Conor McGregor enjoys passing his legacy to his son

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Aljamian Sterling answers the burning questions.

Mike Perry is the only UFC fighter I know who will post this much sparring footage of himself.

It took me a couple times to see what this guy tapped to, because of how awkward this submission is. That’s another reason to always wear a cup.

We all remember that Valentina Shevchenko video people thought was sped up, right? I have the same questions about this one. It’s still cool choreography, though.

I don’t know what the rubber guard name for this choke is, and apparently neither did Barnes.

Donald Cerrone doing ‘Cowboy’ shit.

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Now this was a great idea . So fun 27 mph winds

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Israel Adesanya, the Stylebender, invokes the God of Iron, and I gotta admit I’m loving the aesthetic of his visit to his native Nigeria.

You keep expecting him to do a technique that could actually do damage and it never happens.

Look at the length on this caption from Conor McGregor’s old movement coach.

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Quinton Jackson knows his dog is bad

This seems like a contest someone like Chad Mendes would do very well at.

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

That right left hand just landed over and over

Speaking of left right hands

Random Land

This picture, of a line on Mount Everest, is insane to me. I can’t wrap my mind around climbing like this. Houston traffic is bad enough.

Utterly terrifying. Andrew Richardson, the Heir Apparent to Midnight Mania, sent me this. I watched it over and over.

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