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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin loses UFC debut – Gets mocked by Conor McGregor

It seems that Conor McGregor was watching with glee as Khabib Nurmagomedov's cousin Abubakar lost his UFC debut in Moscow

There were several fighters who made their octagon debut at UFC Moscow last night. One fighter many were keeping an eye on was Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who’s a first cousin to reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. With impressive showings in PFL and WSoF, Abubakar Nurmagomedov faced Polish-German veteran David Zawada, who held an 0-2 record in the UFC.

Nurmagomedov opened strongly, securing a takedown and slowly working in shots and passes from top position. He may have gotten too comfortable on top, though, as Zawada quickly worked a tringle-armbar, forcing his opponent to tap out in the first round.


While Zawada was incredibly respectful after the fight, Conor McGregor; old foe and rival to the Nurmagomedov team, wasn’t. McGregor, who feuded with Khabib Nurmagomedov but also his team and Abubakar ahead of and after their fight at UFC 229, laid into the latter Nurmagomedov cousin. In several posts on Twitter, which have now been deleted, McGregor let Abubakar Nurmagomedov have it.

McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been rivals for a long time, and it seems that the harsh feelings between the two camps hasn’t died down. McGregor has now announced his return to the UFC, set for Las Vegas, January 19th.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for