This Russian BJJ Black Belt Defeated Khabib Nurmagomedov In a Grappling Match

This Russian BJJ Black Belt Defeated Khabib Nurmagomedov In a Grappling Match

The lightweight division of the UFC is all about the grappling lately. Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov are prepping for a sharp face off. Ferguson may be a bjj black belt under Eddie Bravo but still Nurmagomedov feels his bjj is better:

“I don’t think he has better jiu-jitsu than me, better grappling, I think he’s unpredictable a little bit. He has very good knee, very good elbow. But I don’t think he ever fight with somebody like me, who have like pressure, top control, good everywhere. Strong.”

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“When we go to the cage, when cage close, we’re gonna show this. Me and Tony Ferguson is different level.”

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

Khabib famously wore a t-shirt saying: “If Sambo Was Easy, It Would Be Called Jiu-Jitsu”



Leonid Gatovskiy (first Russian BJJ Black Belt and leader Lion Baza club Russia) famously defeated Khabib in a grappling match in 2009.

Leonid is actually a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie:

Be sure sure to check out our interview with Leonid HERE


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