Dagestan: Land of Warriors. Umar Nurmagomedov and Timur Valiev prepare for their MMA fights

Dagestan is famous for its MMA fighters. To understand how the local fighting tradition is passed on from generation to generation, young American Mixed Martial Artist Paul Capaldo joins his friend from the US MMA championships, Timur Valiev, on a trip to his homeland.

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Episode 2 gives us a behind the scenes look at the Eagles of Dagestan training camp. This was set up by top coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, father of UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov. Now a new generation is coming through the system, including Khabib’s 23-year-old cousin Umar Nurmagomedov, who’s putting the last-minute touches on his pre-fight prep. This involves a bout of “Dagestani rugby”, some wrestling with Khabib’s teammate Zubaira Tukhugov, and a weigh-in, also attended by Timur Valiev, who shares some diet tips.

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12 Comments

  1. Somebody, please explain the beard without the moustache?

  2. Hakim Asrar

    if dagestan is land of warrior, then chechnya is land of gangster. just don’t messed with them

  3. jhonny kebab

    My Brother kHABIB! words cant express how much i love you for that time you put connor mctapout down…. legend, love from UK!

  4. legal canada

    they said 61.2kg +/- 0.5kg, then the guy weighed 62.9kg… 1.2kg over the allowance?

  5. mtman1 p

    What about the WOMEN?

  6. Mark Cooke

    Show me more like this respect to the Dagestan people from the UK…

  7. Mark Cooke

    When is episode 3 out ?

  8. spinning nonsense

    They are muslims…

  9. Nice work again, really enjoying this series.

  10. Davids Goliath

    I hope brother man Khabib doesn’t get involved with the politics that might be launched in his direction

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