Khabib confirms his two cousins and team-mate will all fight on same UFC 254 card when he makes comeback vs Gaethje

UFC LIGHTWEIGHT champion Khabib has confirmed that he won't be the only Nurmagomedov in action at UFC 254.

The Russian will make his much-anticipated return to action on October 24, when he defends his belt against interim champ Justin Gaethje.


And it will very much be a family affair.

Khabib, 31, wrote on Instagram: "The three of us will be back on the same day at #ufc254.

"@abubakar_nurmagomedov @islam_makhachev. Plus there will be @umar_nurmagomedov. In short there will be four fighters from our team."

Abubakar Nurmagomedov, cousin of Khabib and one year his junior, will make his second outing in the UFC.

He debuted in November last year although will be hoping for a better outcome this time out, having been defeated by David Zawada in Moscow.

Meanwhile bantamweight Umar Nurmagomedov, another of Khabib's cousins, is also set to be on the card.

The 24-year-old was supposed to be make his debut with the promotion on Fight Island recently, but withdrew late on after the passing of his uncle and Khabib's father Abdulmanap.

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Islam Makhachev will be the fourth member of the stable to compete in the event, with the lightweight having won his last six fights in the division.

Another of Khabib's cousins, Usman, is also a highly-rated fighter – with manager Ali Abdelaziz having claimed that he is a "better version" of his illustrious family member.

He told Asian MMA: "The guy to really look out for right now that nobody knows about is Usman Nurmagomedov — Khabib's younger brother [cousin].

"He's 10-0, all finishes. He's an absolute killer.

"He's a Muay Thai specialist and he's Khabib's brother, you understand? If you have the same blood as Khabib, you have good wrestling.


"I'm telling you, he is actually a better version than Khabib. He is better than Khabib.

"I'm telling you, people should watch for him. He's an absolute killer.

"He's got it all. He's got the striking, he's got the grappling, he's got the jiu-jitsu, he's got the look, he's got the swagger."

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