Khabib Nurmagomedov – ‘The Day of the Eagle’ Film Study / Breakdown
Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov is a multiple time Combat Sambo World Champion. And a Judo black belt who currently fights in the lightweight division in the UFC. He holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA with 22 straight wins. He was ranked the #1 contender in the UFC Lightweight division. But then was dropped to #3 after being out of competition as a result of an injury.
His last win was over the current 155 lb. champion Rafael dos Anjos via Decision (unanimous) on April 19, 2014. And his next bout is scheduled to be against Tony Ferguson. Is expected to be on April 16, 2016, at UFC on Fox 19. He has been training out of the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) since 2012.
The word “SAMBO” is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya. Which literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”. Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army. To improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. It was intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts.
“Every bird of prey looks over its shoulder before it goes in for the kill, even a hawk. Even they know to watch their backs – every single one but an eagle. It’s fearless.” – Michelle Horst.