UFC star Khabib's undefeated cousin Umar Nurmagomedov tipped to be champion in just two years by top coach Javier Mendez

UFC has not seen the last of the Nurmagomedovs with Umar tipped to match Khabib and become a world champion.

Top coach Javier Mendez has stated his belief that Umar Nurmagomedov can win a belt in the next two years.

The 25-year-old Russian downed Sergey Morozov on his UFC debut last month to follow in the footsteps of cousin Khabib.

And Mendez, who oversees the American Kickboxing Academy, has tipped Umar for big things in the future.

He stated to MMA Junkie: "I’ve been saying it, in five or six fights.

"I expect him to be fighting for a title, and I believe we’re seeing a new champion, 100 percent.

"He still has some improvements to make, but he’s going to make them.

"And, yeah, you will be seeing him with the strap in five or six fights from now."

Despite announcing his shock retirement from MMA last year, unbeaten icon Khabib is still very much involved in the sport.

Mendez detailed how young fighters look up to the lightweight king, who is a 'big brother' and 'everything they want to be like'.

Umar's delayed UFC debut ended with a second-round rear-naked choke and was the 12th win of his unbeaten pro career.

The January 20 encounter meant he debuted in the franchise nine years to the day after Khabib's first UFC fight, something which Mendez enjoyed.

The 50-year-old added: "It was really nice to finally see him get this opportunity after so many things have happened.

"It was nice for him to do it as the same date as Khabib – January 20 is the same date Khabib entered, and the choke was the same as Khabib’s choke, so all those combined, it was an incredible experience.

"He came in not a Khabib prodigy, he came in as Umar.

"He’s just himself, and he showed what great talent he has and diversity in different techniques.

"But father’s plan is still best plan for Team Eagle, and he showed that, too. He also showed these guys can strike, too."

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