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What Happened When Khabib Nurmagomedov Took On No 1 High School Wrestler

Matt Penn

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What Happened When Khabib Nurmagomedov Took On No 1 High School Wrestler

Khabib Nurmagomedov recently retired from MMA after an illustrious UFC career - but what happened when The Eagle took on a No 1 ranked high school prospect in a wrestling match?

The Dagestani fighter is known for his elite wrestling skills and incredibly arduous grappling technique.

Khabib retired from fighting after submitting Justin Gaethje in the second round of their UFC 254 lightweight world title clash on Saturday.

It was his third submission in a UFC title contest in a row - something that's never been done before. And now in a video which has resurfaced, Khabib is shown wrestling Gilroy High School wrestling prospect Chase Saldate.

Saldate steps in to grapple Khabib after his teammate Daniel Cormier recommends the two do battle on the mats.

Cormier starts exclaiming: "We bought Gilroy in this b***h today!

"The grim reaper comes for you and his name is Chase Saldate! Chase, don't lose to this f***ing" guy."

But Khabib quickly retorted with: "What are they gonna do? They're all bums, I'm here, what are they gonna do?"

The match-up starts pretty evenly but Khabib eventually gets Saldate to the ground before goading Cormier, who watches on, with "fat boy" taunts.

Cormier then asks to Khabib to watch Saldate's ribs while the lightweight champ lays on top of him in full mount.

Khabib manages to control the rest of the contest as Cormier pleads with Saldate to attempt to break free.

Saldate and Khabib chat afterwards and the youngster tells him: "I tried to get in on your legs. I almost took you down.

And Khabib replies: "Yes, one time brother, you were very close, but if you take me down, you gonna kill me.

Nurmagomedov retired from MMA with a perfect 29-0 record, having beaten the likes of Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza and Rafael dos Anjos.

But after the passing of his father earlier this year, Khabib promised his mother he would give up fighting after his win over Gaethje.

It's now likely that McGregor will fight Poirier in January for the vacant lightweight title, despite the Irishman's last bout with Donald Cerrone being fought at welterweight.

All Imagery: PA Images

Topics: Daniel Cormier, UFC News, MMA News, Fight News, UFC

Matt Penn
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