Usman Nurmagomedov can surpass his cousin and UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to MMA chief Ali Abdelaziz.
With Khabib potentially retiring after his next two fights, Abdelaziz named Usman as the brightest prospects he currently represents.
Speaking to Andy Whitelaw of Asian MMA, Abdelaziz referred to Usman as an ‘absolute killer’ and claimed he is a better version of Khabib.
‘The guy to really look out for right now that nobody knows about is Usman Nurmagomedov — Khabib’s younger brother [cousin],’ he said.
‘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.’
Usman was signed by the UFC in 2018 and like Khabib, he is an unbeaten mixed martial artist who follows the Sambo fighting style.
The 23-year old star needed just 40 seconds inside the cage to destroy Jerry Kvarnstrom in his last fight.
The youngster knocked the wind out of his opponent with a series of kicks and knees – forcing referee Marc Goddard to stop the contest.
Abdelaziz says Usman is the full package using an array of different techniques to neutralise his opponents – unlike Khabib who is known for using his suffocating grappling style to succeed.
‘He’s knocking people out with elbows,’ Abdelaziz added.
‘He’s the guy really to look out for. He’s a phenom. He’s a [combination] of Khabib, Jon Jones, [Israel] Adesanya. He’s a combo of all them.’
Usman has been tipped to make a move to a major mixed martial arts promotion in the near future, having impressed in regional promotions in Russia and the Middle East.