Khabib Nurmagomedov – Russian mixed martial artist
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov is a Russian professional mixed martial artist. He is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion. With 28 wins and no losses, he holds the longest active undefeated streak in MMA.
- Born: September 20, 1988 (age 31 years), Sil’di, Russia
- Height: 1.78 m
- Weight: 70 kg
- Nationality: Russian
- Education: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
- TV shows: Nurmag. vs. Tavares
Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on 20 September 1988, in the village of Sildi in Tsumadinsky District of the Dagestan ASSR, an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, before moving to Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, in his childhood. He is the second of three children, and has an older brother Magomed and younger sister Amina. His father’s family had moved from Sildi, Tsumadinsky District, to Kirovaul, where his father converted the ground floor of their two-storey building into a gym. Nurmagomedov grew up in the household with his siblings and cousins.His interest in martial arts began when watching students training at the gym.
As is common with many children in Dagestan, he began wrestling from an early age: he started at the age of eight under the tutelage of his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A decorated athlete and a veteran of the Army, his father had also wrestled from an early age, before undergoing training in judo and sambo in the military.Khabib’s training as a child included wrestling a bear when he was nine years old, in 1997.
In 2001, his family moved to Machachkala, where he trained in wrestling at age 12, and judo from age 15. He began training in combat sambo again at 17 under his father. According to Nurmagomedov, the transition from wrestling to judo was difficult, but his father wanted him to get used to competing in a gi jacket. Abdulmanap is currently a senior coach for the combat sambo national team in the Republic of Dagestan, training several athletes in sambo in Makhachkala, Russia.Nurmagomedov would frequently get into street fights in his youth, before focusing his attention on mixed martial arts.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Mixed martial arts career – Early career
Khabib Nurmagomedov made his professional MMA debut in September 2008 and compiled four wins in under a month. On 11 October, Nurmagomedov became the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament champion, having defeated his three opponents at the Moscow event. Over the next three years he would go undefeated, finishing 11 out of 12 opponents. These included a first round armbar finish of future Bellator title challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev, which marked his M-1 Global debut. In 2011, he would go on to compete for the ProFC promotion. That year alone he competed in seven fights, all of which he won by TKO or submission. A perfect 16-0 record in the regional circuits of Russia and Ukraine was enough to get a call up from the UFC.
Early UFC fights and championship pursuits
In late 2011, Nurmagomedov signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC’s lightweight division.
In his UFC debut, on 20 January 2012 at UFC on FX 1, Nurmagomedov defeated Kamal Shalorus via submission in the third round.
Nurmagomedov next defeated Gleison Tibau on 7 July 2012 at UFC 148 via unanimous decision.
Nurmagomedov next fight was against Thiago Tavares on 19 January 2013 at UFC on FX 7.He won via KO in the first round.
Nurmagomedov defeated Abel Trujillo on 25 May 2013 at UFC 160 via unanimous decision. At the weigh-ins, Nurmagomedov came in over the permitted limit, weighing in at 158.5 lb. He was given two hours to cut to the lightweight maximum of 156 pounds, but elected instead to surrender a percentage of his fight purse to Trujillo and the bout was contested at a catchweight. In the course of the fight, Nurmagomedov set a new UFC record for the most takedowns in a single fight with 21 successful takedowns out of 28 attempts.
In his fifth UFC fight, on 21 September 2013 at UFC 165, Nurmagomedov faced Pat Healy. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Attending his first post-event press conference, UFC president Dana White praised the relative newcomer stating, “That slam, when he just scoops him up and slams him, Matt Hughes style. That reminded me of the old Matt Hughes where he would run a guy across the Octagon and slam him. The kid is exciting. We’re probably going to do big things with this kid.”
In December, Nurmagomedov challenged Gilbert Melendez on social media, with the two then expected to face off at UFC 170 on 22 February 2014.However, the bout was cancelled for undisclosed reasons, with Melendez then replaced by Nate Diaz. However, the match-up was again cancelled as Diaz turned the bout down.Nurmagomedov expressed his disappointment, appearing on The MMA Hour, “If they say that they’re willing to fight the best, they should fight the best. If they want, I’ll take them both at once in the cage.”
Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson Live Stream Online
For the fifth time, Nurmagomedov is scheduled to defend his title against Tony Ferguson on April 18, 2020 at UFC 249.
Nurmagomedov married in June 2013. He has a daughter born 1 June 2015 and a son born 30 December 2017.A son was named after Khabib’s great-grandfather – Magomed Nurmagomedov. On August 31, 2019 Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov announced to the Russian media that Khabib and his wife are expecting their third child.
Khabib is a devout Sunni Muslim of the Shafi’i system of jurisprudence.He speaks several languages, including Avar, Russian, English, Turkish, and Arabic. He frequently wears a papakha hat, part of his Dagestani Avar culture, after fights and during promotions.He is a cousin of fellow UFC fighter Abubakar Nurmagomedov.
He has trained with SC Bazarganova in Kizilyurt, Dagestan (2012), K-Dojo, AMA Fight Club in Fairfield, New Jersey (2012), Mamishev Fight Team in Saint Petersburg (2012),Fight Spirit Team in Kolpino, St. Petersburg (2013),and KHK MMA Team in Bahrain (2015).In 2016, he co-founded his own team, “Eagles MMA Team”, with Ziyavudin Magomedov. He is a fan of Anzhi Makhachkala, Real Madrid and Liverpool F.C., as well as the Russian national football team.