While Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) is now an American Kickboxing Academy staple, his UFC career didn’t start out that way.

The current UFC lightweight champion made his promotional debut in January 2012 as a member of Murat Keshtov’s K Dojo Warrior Tribe MMA. Recently, Russian journalist Alexander Lyutikov sat down with Keshtov to relive those early days, and the New Jersey-based coach provided him with plenty of never-before-seen footage surrounding Nuramgomedov’s first trip to the octagon.

Presented in two parts, Lyutikov’s documentary examines how Nurmagomedov began his UFC career, and how he made his way to San Jose, Calif. Along the way, get a glimpse behind the scenes of Nurmagomedov’s journey, which started with a daily five-mile to the gym, unbeknownst to even his trainers.

Check out the videos below, which have been subtitled in English.

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