Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988, in the village of Sildi in the Tsumadinsky District in Russia. He’s a former professional mixed martial artist and the longest-reigning U.F.C. Lightweight Champion — his title lasting for four years, from 2018 to 2021. During his career, he garnered a total of 29 wins and no losses, setting a currently undefeated record in the world of mixed martial arts. He’s regarded by many experts in the sport as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
Nurmagomedov’s interest in M.M.A. sprouted from watching M.M.A. students train at his local gym when he was a kid. He started wrestling at the age of eight, being initially coached by his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He made his M.M.A. debut in 2008, winning four matches in a month. He remained undefeated as the years went on, eventually catching the eye of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (U.F.C.), with which he signed a six-fight deal in early 2011.
He proceeded to dominate the world of M.M.A., winning the title of U.F.C. Lightweight Champion for four years in a row from 2018 to 2021. Nurmagomedov chose to retire in 2021 to the disappointment of his fans, many of whom attempted to coax his return to the U.F.C. Ultimately, U.F.C. president Dana White accepted Nurmagomedov’s wishes to retire, officially announcing it on 19 March 2021.
Nurmagomedov makes his M.M.A. debut.
Nurmagomedov signs with the U.F.C.
Nurmagomedov wins his first title as U.F.C. Lightweight Champion.
Nurmagomedov retires from the U.F.C., ending his record-breaking career.
Why We Love Khabib Nurmagomedov
His impressive career
With a total of 29 wins and no losses throughout a 13-year career, Nurmagomedov is one of the most impressive M.M.A. fighters of all time. He even continued his support of the sport by purchasing a Russia-based M.M.A. promotion company and renaming it the Eagle Fighting Championship.
His continued support
Nurmagomedov became an M.M.A. coach after his retirement. He currently coaches and corners Islam Makhachev, Zubaira Tukhugov, Tagir Ulanbekov, and many more fighters.
Nurmagomedov would frequently wear a papakha hat after fights and during promotional events to honor his Dagestani Avar culture. He also speaks several languages, including Avar, Russian, English, Turkish, and Arabic.
5 Surprising Facts
While he was a child, Nurmagomedov wrestled a bear as part of his fight training.
Before the start of his career
When Nurmagomedov was a teenager, he would frequently get into street fights before he focussed his energy on mixed martial arts.
The athletes that inspire Nurmagomedov are his father, the American boxers Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, and the Brazilian footballer Ronaldo.
He almost lost his chance with U.F.C.
Nurmagomedov was involved in several legal battles that almost cost him the chance to fight for the U.F.C.
Hall of fame
Nurmagomedov was inducted into the U.F.C. Hall of Fame in 2022.
Khabib Nurmagomedov FAQs
Did Nurmagomedov marry his cousin?
His wife is his distant relative.
How many matches has Nurmagomedov lost?
He is one of the very few M.M.A. fighters who has never lost a match.
Who is the king of U.F.C?
Conor Anthony McGregor is the king of U.F.C.
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