Tatiana Suarez has been compared to Khabib Nurmagomedov by many people and the comparison is accurate for many reasons. The UFC strawweight has a very suffocating ground game, is undefeated, and has missed a few consecutive years due to injury.

Khabib Nurmagomedov returned from his injury layoff back in 2016 and went on a legendary run to become champion. Tatiana Suarez has not fought in the UFC since June of 2019 and hopes to come back soon.

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“I’m thinking summer,” UFC strawweight Suarez said in an interview with Helen Yee. “I’m hoping maybe July, maybe ‘International Fight Week.’ I would like that. I’m just trying to test my knee out in like certain – I’ve been doing a lot of grappling lately, which is crazy because I injured it grappling so I thought that would probably be the most mentally draining thing for me in terms of like coming back and maybe a little bit weary, but I’ve been grappling almost every single day so I guess I’ve overcome that fear.

“I’m still a little bit reluctant in certain situations and hesitant, but I’m feeling really good, and the next step is maybe to do some sparring and see how it holds up during sparring and then once I feel 100 percent confident, I’ll ask to book a fight, and I’m hoping like July. The reason I wanted to go flyweight for the next fight is because I had been out for a few years, and I just didn’t really want to focus on any type of weight cut. I just wanted to focus on fighting at that point,” Suarez concluded on her UFC return.