With a formidable mindset honed through the both tranquil and challenging traditional lifestyle of Nomadic herding, Nyamjargal Tumendemberel has become a warrior capable of eclipsing the achievements of martial artists from every corner of Mongolia.
From humble beginnings, the athlete grew up in circumstances that many will struggle to grasp. Without a home address, he’d join his parents as they braved the winds and storms, guiding their animals through rugged terrain and towering mountains en route to pastures new.
As a child, Tumendemberel would watch in awe as his beloved mother and father aligned all the different species in order before setting off on their incredible adventures.
In the land where the horse is King, they would lead the pack, followed by the oxen and yak, making up a baggage train carrying precious cargo, while the sheep and goats made up the rear.
Running like clockwork, the animals always knew the purpose of their mission. After all, they do it every year. They make their way through the winding mountains, navigating their way around all the turns like a well-oiled machine before they arrive at their destination and prepare to do it all over again.
Growing up in this manner forged the Mongolian’s fighting spirit in fire. He’ll never quit. It simply isn’t in his nature.
Speaking exclusively to SPORF, he said: “My parents herd animals; this is our nomadic life that has been inherited from ancient times. We herd them four seasons of the year; it is very difficult, but we have been doing it for centuries. Being close to nature makes me a fighter.”
From Nomadic Herding to The Road to The UFC — The Life Story of Nyamjargal Tumendemberel is nothing short of mindblowing
Typically, Nomadic Herders sell their animals’ materials for goods and services or herd other people’s herds for a fee, none of which is accounted for by the government, allowing those involved to practice their noble tradition without the involvement of outsiders.
Unfortunately, the number of Nomadic Herders is on the decline due to natural disasters such as droughts, loss of land area due to development and degradation, and pressure from the government to lead a normal lifestyle.
However, through his rise to fame, Nyamjargal Tumendemberel has an opportunity to expose the world to what his people do and why it’s so crucial that their legacy continues.
While the 25-year-old loves his Nomadic roots, fighting is his true passion. With a love for dressing in traditional Mongolian warriors’ clothing and armour in Kharkhorum city, Tumendemberel is determined to represent his country on the world stage.
Having amassed an impressive 7-0 record, later tonight, the flyweight will put it all on the line once again.
Live on UFC Fight Pass, the prospect collides with ‘The Asian Vking’ Peter Danesoe at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in a bout that has the hardcore fans chomping at the bit.
With scintillating skills and an unrivalled will to win, Tumendemberel is brimming with confidence. And who knows how far he can go?
He beamed: “I’m very happy to be in this competition, it’s amazing, it’s definitely an athlete’s dream. Only the eternal blue sky knows where I will end up. I love this world, I love this natural world, I love martial arts.”
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