Khabib Nurmagomedov is as big a star as any in the sporting world. The Dagestani fighter holds the record of the longest undefeated streak in the history of mixed martial arts. He is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion, and the reigning UFC lightweight champion of the world. Khabib was born on the 20th of September in the year 1988. He was born in a small village of Sildi, in Dagestan, that was an autonomous state at the time. Khabib is a devout follower of Islam, and has become a face for Islam in the sporting world, alongside great names like Muhammad Ali, and Mo Farah.
Khabib Nurmagomedov holds the record for the longest undefeated streak in the history of mixed martial arts. Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta at UFC at UFC 223 to win the vacant UFC lightweight championship, and has since then successfully defended it twice.
Khabib Nurmagomedov made his MMA debut way back in 2008 at the age of 20. He cruised his way past the Russian promotions, and made his UFC debut in 2012. Khabib Nurmagomedov also holds the longest active winning streak in the lightweight division, with 11 wins to his name. Khabib Nurmagomedov has defended the lightweight title twice, with his most recent victory coming in a unified bout against former lightweight interim champion, Dustin Poirier.
Khabib likes to lead a very private life, and doesn’t live to flaunt his personal life on social media. Khabib’s social handles always deals with his life inside the octagon, and inside the gym. However, its no secret that Khabib Nurmagomedov is married.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is married to Patimat, his childhood friend. While Khabib’s photo with Russian pop star Olga Buzova has been doing rounds on social media, with many speculating her to be Khabib’s wife, it is far from the truth.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father is a world renowned mixed martial arts coach, responsible for multiple champions across various disciplines. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is a veteran of the army, and former judoka. In 2020, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov fell prey to coronavirus, and was hospitalized after a stroke caused paralysis of the body. Abdulmanap remains Khabib’s most important driving force inside the octagon, and the current champion delves in his energy and experience as his secret behind his dominant performance inside the octagon.
Khabib underwent some of the most unique and rigorous training regimes to become what he is today. One of which included Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov putting him against a bear tied to a tree. Nurmagomedov’s dominance inside the octagon, his grappling prowess, and his ability to keep the opponent down at his will is a result of these unique training practices.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is definitely one of the richest MMA fighter today. Nurmagomedov’s reported payout in his much anticipated bout against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 was $2 million. (excluding UFC bonuses, sponsors, and PPV shares).
Nurmagomedov earned a whooping $6 million in his bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. This was against excluding other bonuses, sponsor pay and PPV shares that he might have received for the fight. Nurmagomedov also earned more than $10 million in his fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 which marked his retirement fight. Khabib earns a fortune doing promotional events, with a large sum of amount coming from sponsors. According to Khabib’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib has a reported net worth in the excess of $100 million.
Khabib’s rivalry with Conor goes beyond the octagon, and continues to even today. Khabib beat McGregor at UFC 249 in his first title defense via submission in the fourth round. It’s been long debated that Khabib has never lost a single round inside the octagon, however judges scorecards from UFC 249 showed that McGregor had the third round to his name, making him the first fighter to get a round win over Khabib.
Khabib submitted Conor McGregor via neck crank in the fourth round at UFC 229, and ignited the feud further as he jumped outside the octagon to target McGregor’s cornerman, Dillon Danis. Khabib was suspended for 9 months, and his payout was withheld by Nevada State Athletic Commission until investigation. He was later fined $500,000 for the same.
It’s been long debated that Tony Ferguson is the fighter who can hand Khabib his first loss inside the octagon. However, the fight has failed to capitalize on four different occasions. Both the fighters were scheduled to face each other at UFC 249, however due to travel restriction due to coronavirus pandemic, the fight fell apart once again. It remains to be seen if Khabib and Tony will ever meet inside the octagon, and if the biggest fight in the lightweight division will ever take place.
Soon after his emphatic win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, The Eagle announced his retirement from the sport. Taking on a formidable foe in the form of Justin Gaethje, Nurmagomedov succesfully defended his lightweight strap in the main-event of UFC 254 via submission in the second round.
“Thank you for these guys, these guys with me, been with my father for more than 10 years. All my team, AKA with coach Javier, I love him so much, all my team. Today, I want to say, this was my last fight. No way am I going to come here without my father. It was first time, after what happened with my father, when UFC called me about Justin. I talk with my mother three days, she don’t want that I go fight without father. I promised her, it’s going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here.” Khabib said in the post-fight interview.
Nurmagomedov retired with an impeccable record of 29-0 in his MMA career. A record that some can only wish for, needless to say, Nurmagomedov will go down as argubaly the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Soon after his retirement fight, The Eagle just had one wish from the UFC – to put him on top of the UFC’s pound-for-pound list.
“I know only one thing I want from UFC, you guys have to be me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, because I deserve this. UFC undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion, 13-0, 13 in UFC, 29 in all pro MMA career. I think I deserve it.” Khabib said.
Soon after, UFC’s new pound-for-pound list put Khabib Nurmagomedov right at the top of the P4P list and rightfully so. With notable victories over former champion, and a career than some can only wish for, Nurmagomedov became the first Russian fighter to grab the top spot in UFC’s pound-for-pound list.
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|Born||Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov|
20 September 1988
Sildi, Dagestan ASSR.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Division||Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia|
San Jose, California, United States
|Fighting out of||Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia|
San Jose, California, United States
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy (2012–present)|
Eagles MMA (2016–present)
|Trainer||Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov: Head coach|
Javier Mendez: Kickboxing
|Wins via KO||8|
|Wins via Submission||11|
|Wins via Decision||10|
|Net Worth||$80 Million|
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