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Khabib says training 'helps relieve depression' as he prepares for first fight since death of father Abdulmanap

Added 09-25-20 09:37:02am EST - “Khabib Nurmagomedov says training helps him ward off depression as he prepares to face Justin Gaethje in their UFC lightweight title showdown, in what will be the Russian champion's first fight since the death of his father.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Khabib says training 'helps relieve depression' as he prepares for first fight since death of father Abdulmanap”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The undefeated Khabib faces heavy-hitting interim lightweight title holder Gaethje in the main event at UFC 254 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on October 24. 

The bout will be the first time Khabib has stepped into the octagon since the death of his father and trainer Abdulmanap at the age of 59 in July, after complications stemming from a Covid-19 infection. 

In a clip of his preparations filmed by UFC Russia, Khabib discusses how training has always helped him guard against negative thoughts, and is a habit he inherited from his late father.    

"I trained constantly, because to some extent it relieves depression from me," said the Daestani fighter.  

"I train all the time, I like it. When I don't have training, I'm depressed. I've been training all my life... to have good energy, I need to train.

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