Belal Muhammad will have an all-star addition to his corner at UFC 280.
For his upcoming matchup against Sean Brady on Oct. 22 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, Muhammad (21-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) will have Louis Taylor, Mike Valle and UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner.
“We’re going to have the GOAT, Khabib, also as a third corner with us in this one, so honestly it’s going to be amazing,” Muhammad said on his “Remember The Show” podcast. “It’s going to be cool. The perfect 1-2-3 punch, and I don’t think I could have a better group right there.”
Muhammad has been preparing for his fight against Brady with Nurmagomedov and his team in Dubai, who are also helping prep Islam Makhachev for his vacant lightweight title fight against Charles Oliveira in the night’s headliner.
The linkup with Nurmagomedov and his team happened through their mutual manager, Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA, but Muhammad got a taste of that training prior to snapping Vicente Luque’s winning streak in his past outing at UFC on ESPN 34 in April.
“The last camp I had for Luque, I trained with Khabib and his crew in Vegas when they were down there,” Muhammad said. “So I was with them for a week and I just loved it down there. So for this one, me and Khabib, we both have Ali as a manager and Ali said, ‘Oh, I think their crew will be good for you.’ I was like, ‘I mean, if they’re willing to,’ and Khabib messaged me, hit me up and said, ‘Yeah, for sure come down. I’ll have everything set for you – the room, everything, cars, you don’t need nothing.'”
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