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What is the Story of Khabib’s Infamous ” If Sambo Was Easy It’d Be Called Jiu-Jitsu” Shirt?

What is the Story of Khabib’s Infamous ” If Sambo Was Easy It’d Be Called Jiu-Jitsu” Shirt?

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been cheeky about bjj in past famously sporting a sambo t shirt:

“If Sambo was easy, it would be called Jiu-Jitsu”

 

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So what’s the backstory to that Tshirt story?

Eldar Eldarov reveals who was behind the idea of wearing a provocative shirt in Brazil during the UFC on FX weigh-ins in 2013.

Khabib Nurmagomedov on BJJ’s problem:

“Jiu-Jitsu has a very big problem: there are no good takedowns. No good, no good takedowns but on the ground it is perfect. Jiu-Jitsu on the ground is perfect and if you want to begin Jiu-Jitsu you need takedowns, guys. In Sambo there is very good takedowns, takedown skills and if you have a mix of Combat Sambo plus Wrestling this is unstoppable.”

Similar to what Ben Askren said:

Ben Askren Blasts BJJ For Lack Of Takedowns

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