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Mike Tyson reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s "pretty interesting" bear wrestling

Mike Tyson has reacted to the incredible footage of Khabib Nurmagomedov wrestling a bear when he was just nine years old.

The clip, which has racked up over 11m views on YouTube, shows a young Nurmagomedov playfully wrestling a small bear.

The footage offers a glimpse into some of the gruelling training the Russian superstar went through as a child, as he learned how to wrestle in the mountainous republic of Dagestan.

While Nurmagomedov has discussed the footage in the past, in a recent appearance on Tyson’s ‘Hotboxin’ podcast alongside former Olympic gold medallist and two-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo, the Eagle asked Iron Mike’s opinion on the clip.

“The bear is kicking his a**!”, Tyson claimed.

“This is pretty interesting. The bear loves you.

“If the bear didn’t love you, he would kill you in three seconds. You see those claws? Three seconds, and you’re dead.”

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Nurmagomedov also claimed that during his wrestling sessions with the bear, it would regularly try and bite him. After moaning about the bear to his late father, Abdulmanap, Khabib was offered a single piece of advice.

“You know what father told me here? I said, ‘He’s trying to bite me’ and he said, ‘Bite him back.”

Nurmagomedov had an extremely close relationship with his father, who acted as his head coach throughout the majority of his MMA career.

Nurmagomedov Sr tragically passed away last year after contracting COVID-19 following a heart surgery and Khabib would fight just once more in the UFC, deciding to retire after his victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

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Following the victory, the Russian broke down in tears in the centre of the octagon. Shortly after, Nurmagomedov announced that the fight would be his last in the UFC and that he was retiring from MMA.

Never one to let UFC stars retire on their own terms, Dana White attempted for months to persuade Nurmagomedov to compete one last time, and reportedly offered the Eagle an enormous amount of money for one final bout.

However, in March earlier this year, White accepted his decision and Nurmagomedov officially vacated the UFC lightweight title.

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