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Rare Footage Emerges Showing Khabib Using Savage Headbutts When It Was Legal In Russia

Rare Footage Emerges Showing Khabib Using Savage Headbutts When It Was Legal In Russia

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was known to unleash brutal headbutts when they were legal in competition.

The Russian fighter used his head on a number of occasions in the early days of his career, especially in 2010, when he faced Ali Bagov at the Golden Fist Russia event in Moscow.

As you can see in the below footage, "The Eagle" uses his familiar grappling style to send his opponent to the mat, before using his head like a battering ram.

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The UFC operated with a limited rule set in the early 1990's, and hair pulling, groin strikes and headbutting were allowed until years later.

In terms of the fight, Khabib eventually won by unanimous decision and extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 after showcasing his unorthodox head movements.

The Russian, as we all know, remains unbeaten in the UFC after bouts against the likes of Conor McGregor, Edson Barboza and more recently, Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.

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So, what's next for Nurmagomedov?

UFC legend Daniel Cormier doesn't believe that Khabib will return to the octagon in 2020 and might never fight again after his father passed away.

The 'Eagle' was scheduled to face fierce rival Tony Ferguson back in April at UFC 249, but he was unable to fly out for the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And Khabib faced further heartbreak earlier this month after his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, passed away as a result of coronavirus complications.

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Cormier, who is close pals with Khabib, is not sure that the undefeated Russian star will face interim UFC lightweight champ Justin Gaethje before the year is out.

"I don't think he's fighting this year, honestly," the 41-year-old UFC star said on ESPN.

"And it's going to take a lot of strength from a very strong man for Khabib to be back in the octagon, ever, I think."

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Thoughts on the early footage of Khabib using headbutts?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: MMA Queen/YouTube

Topics: Khabib, UFC News, MMA News, Nurmagomedov, UFC, MMA, Russia

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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