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Footage Of How Khabib Used To Fight When Headbutts Were Legal In Russia

Footage Of How Khabib Used To Fight When Headbutts Were 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 Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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The Russian will face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April and after that, it appears Conor McGregor will likely get his grudge rematch with "The Eagle" in late 2020, according to UFC president Dana White.

McGregor made a triumphant return to the Octagon at UFC 246 with a stunning 40 second victory over Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas.

'The Notorious' is now in line to face the undefeated Russian fighter this year with White explaining that the 31-year-old Irishman will have to wait until Autumn for his shot at UFC gold.

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"Khabib and Tony will fight in Brooklyn, and Conor will probably fight the winner," White told ESPN.

"Conor's talking about not wanting to wait that long, I don't know what else makes sense, but who knows with that kid.

"The reason everybody loves him [McGregor] so much is because he could say, 'You know what, I want to fight this guy now,' some other weight class or whatever. But he keeps it fun."

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

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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.