Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t “just” one of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes of all time.
He is also an epitome of hard work and relentless work ethic to everyone who wants to achieve success – be it in the octagon, on the mats, or any other career and area of life.
But what’s his mindset like, actually?
Well, it might be best summarized by what he said in a recent interview with Daniel Cormier on UFC Fight Pass’ recent Ultimate 30 countdown:
This is about, do you really believe in this or not? Because if somebody has a championship mentality, if you’re really a competitor inside your life, inside your heart, and you stay focused, you sacrifice all your time, success is going to come.
This is just, you have to be patient and that’s it.
This is what I was following all of my life, since I was a kid, I don’t even know [how young], like 2, 3, 4, when I find myself on mats.
I was training all my life.
Khabib has had unwavering self-confidence long before he became an undisputed champion:
I told you: “I’m going to be champion. I’m going to have 10-0 in the UFC, undefeated, 27-0.”
And I don’t want to say numbers, but I told you for how much money I’m going to fight, and you [said]: “No, this is impossible. Nobody fights in our sport for this kind of money.”
It was 2012, I told you. And after how many years? Like six years? It happened.
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