Biography of Khabib Nurmagomedov
(The first Muslim to win a UFC title is a former Russian mixed martial artist)
Russian mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is now retired, competed in judo, wrestling, sambo, and other sports. In mixed martial arts (MMA), he is best known for having the longest unbeaten streak of 29 victories. He competed in the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) lightweight category and held the championship lightweight for the greatest period of time, from April 2018 to March 2021.
He was introduced to martial arts training at an early age and became interested after watching his father instruct his pupils. He held titles as a world champion in combat sambo, an international master of sports in pankration, and an international master of sports in army hand-to-hand fighting.
|Full Name||Khabib Nurmagomedov|
|Birth Date||20 September 1988|
|Net Worth||$40 Million|
Early Childhood & Life
- On September 20, 1988, in the village of Kirovaul in the Kizilyurtovsky District (current-day Russia), Khabib Nurmagomedov was born.
- He is the second of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s three children, a decorated athlete and combat veteran. Amina, his younger sister, and Muhammad Nurmagomedov, his older brother, are his siblings.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov started training for battle at a young age. The family relocated to Makhachkala in 2001. Here, he started his judo training as well as his wrestling training when he reached fifteen. His father believed it was imperative that he learn to compete in a gi jacket, despite the fact that he initially found the transition from judo to wrestling to be difficult.
- His father started teaching him to combat sambo when he was seventeen. His family moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where he finished his training, at some point.
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- Khabib Nurmagomedov made his MMA debut in September 2008. He achieved four victories in a month, three of which came on the same day. He triumphed in Moscow’s inaugural Atrium Cup competition championship the following month.
- He won 12 matches over the course of the next three years, including his 2009 M-1 Global debut victory. He continued to compete for the ProFC promotion two years later. He participated in seven fights that year, winning each one.
- The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ultimately took notice of his amazing record of 16 victories and zero losses. He agreed to a six-fight contract with the UFC in 2011. He made his entry in the lightweight class.
- Early in 2012, he faced Kamal Shalorus in his first game. In the third round, he emerged victorious. He has also faced and defeated opponents like Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares, Rafael Dos Anjos, Pat Healy, and Abel Trujillo throughout his UFC fights.
- In his 2013 contest with Abel Trujillo, Khabib Nurmagomedov broke the previous mark with 21 successful takedowns out of 27 attempts. He set up a face-off bout with mixed martial artist Gilbert Melendez for early 2014 after challenging Melendez to one that year. The American mixed martial artist Nate Diaz later took the place of the match when it was postponed and then replaced. This match was later postponed for unknown reasons.
- Due to injuries and poor health, he had to postpone a number of matches between September 2014 and September 2015. He was impacted by his knee and other wounds.
- He triumphed in a UFC match against relative unknown Darrell Horcher in 2016 to mark his comeback. He faced Michael Johnson in November of that year and prevailed in the third round via submission.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov was set to face Tony Ferguson in 2017 for the interim lightweight title, but the bout had to be called off after Nurmagomedov became ill as a result of difficulties with the weight cut.
- On December 30, 2017, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza squared off at UFC 219. In all three rounds of the bout, Nurmagomedov outperformed his opponent, winning by unanimous decision and collecting his first Performance of the Night bonus.
- Al Iaquinta and Nurmagomedov squared off on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223. Iaquinta was easily defeated by Nurmagomedov, who was in great form, and he won the bout by unanimous decision to become the new UFC lightweight champion.
- At UFC 229 on October 6, 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor by submission in the fourth round to successfully defend his lightweight championship.
- At UFC 254 in October 2020, he defeated Justin Gaethje in the final match of his career. After that, he gave up playing the sport.
Recognition & Achievements
- The Pankration Atrium Cup tournament champion in 2008 was Khabib Nurmagomedov.
- At the 2009 World Combat Sambo Championships, he took home the gold medal. He won the M-1 Challenge selections in the same year. The same year, the Combat Sambo Federation of Russia organized the Russian Combat Sambo Championships, where he also won the gold medal.
- He received two honors in 2010 for Sambo: a gold medal at the 82 kg World Combat Sambo Championships and a silver medal at the 82 kg World Cup.
- In 2012, he won two titles in the grappling sport. He held the titles of ADCC Rules No-Gi Expert Welterweight Champion and Men’s No-Gi Expert Welterweight Champion.
- He received Fightbooth.com’s 2013 Staredown of the Year award. He was recognized by Sherdog.com as the 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year.
- He received the 2016 Comeback Fighter of the Year award from Sherdog.com. At the World MMA Awards that same year, he was named International Fighter of the Year.
- The record for the most takedowns in a single UFC match belongs to Khabib Nurmagomedov. He has 21 takedowns in 27 tries record.
Personal & Family Life
In June 2013, Khabib Nurmagomedov wed Patimat. He is the father of three children: a daughter born in 2015, a son born in 2017, and a third son born in 2019.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov also goes by the name The Eagle.
- He supports the football team Anzhi Makhachkala.
- Shamil Zavurov, a mixed martial fighter, is his second cousin.
- In a video from around 2014, Khabib Nurmagomedov can be seen in his native Dagestan wrestling a bear cub.
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