After going through 2015 without a fight, and having been sidelined for the better part of two years, Khabib Nurmagomedov concedes something has to change.
Due a series of injuries, Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought since April, 2014, when he decisioned now reigning UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos. Many fans and pundits believe the undefeated fighter is championship material, but due to these setbacks, “The Eagle” has yet to challenge for the title.
Recently Nurmagomedov spoke to Globo, and the grappling titan relayed the following about his training (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I’ll have to change some things in my training, still do not know what, but I must do something to become more professional,” Khabib said. “I think I train too hard, but it is not intelligent training. I understand that many people expect to see me struggling, and I understand they are upset not to see me. But I’m also upset not to fight. I’ll try to change something next year.”
Yup. While it could be just bad luck that’s led to Nurmagomedov’s run of injuries, if he thinks he’s going to hard, then it’s probably time to ease up a bit.
The 27 year-old, who is ranked #2 at 155, has yet to be booked for his next bout.