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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