Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Khabib Nurmagomedov
Хабиб Нурмагомедов
Born (1988-09-20) September 20, 1988 (age 26)
Makhachkala, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other names The Eagle
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Avar
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)[1]
Division Lightweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Dagestan, Russia
San Jose, California
Team Red Fury Fight Team
American Kickboxing Academy (2012-present )
Fight Spirit Team (2013-present)
Mamishev Team (2012)
AMA Fight Club (2012)
Trainer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
Javier Mendez
Rank International Master of Sports in Sambo[3]
Black Belt in Judo[4][5]
International Master of Sports in Pankration
International Master of Sports in Hand-to-Hand Combat
Russian National level in Freestyle Wrestling
Years active 2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 22
By knockout 7
By submission 8
By decision 7
Losses 0
Other information
University The State University of the Ministry of Finance
Notable relatives Shamil Zavurov (second cousin)
Website Official UFC Profile
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (Russian: Хабиб Абдулманапович Нурмагомедов; Avar: ХIабиб НурмухIаммадов; born September 20, 1988) is a Russian mixed martial artist. He is a multiple Combat Sambo World Champion, and a Judo black belt who is currently fighting in the lightweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA with 22 straight wins and 0 losses. As of August 25, 2014, he is #2 in official UFC lightweight rankings.[6]


Khabib "Habib" Nurmagomedov was born in 1988 in the former Soviet Union in the village of Silde in modern-day Dagestan, Russia. He belongs to the Avar ethnic group, a collective term, Avar-Andi-Dido (Tsez) peoples, that is often used to describe probably more than fifteen distinct ethnic groups living in the foothills of the mountain slopes Russia's Dagestan Republic and who are Sunni Muslim. During his childhood, he began wrestling under his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. His father has a black belt in Judo under Vladimir Nevzorov and Petr Butryi, and is also a Sambo Ukrainian National Champion and national master of sports in Freestyle Wrestling.[7] Nurmagomedov worked 5 years in Freestyle Wrestling, but didn't achieve good results and began studying Judo under Jafar Jafarov.[8]

After high school, Khabib enrolled to study economics in the State University of the Ministry of Finance in Makhachkala.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He made his professional MMA debut in September 2008 and, over the next 5 years, amassed an undefeated record.

Khabib trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Nurmagomedov signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC’s lightweight division.[9]

In his UFC debut, Nurmagomedov defeated Kamal Shalorus on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1 via submission in the third round.[10]

Nurmagomedov defeated Gleison Tibau on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 via unanimous decision.[11]

Nurmagomedov defeated Thiago Tavares on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[12] He won via KO in the first round.

Nurmagomedov defeated Abel Trujillo on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160 via unanimous decision.[13] In the course of the fight, he set a new UFC record with 21 takedowns on 27 attempts.

In his fifth UFC fight, Nurmagomedov faced Pat Healy on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Gilbert Melendez at UFC 170.[15] However, the fight was cancelled due to undisclosed reasons.[16]

Nurmagomedov faced Rafael Dos Anjos on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Donald Cerrone on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[18] However, the pairing was quickly scrapped after it was revealed that Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury that would sideline him indefinitely.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Nurmagomedov is a devout Muslim and became married in May 2013.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Artist[edit]

  • M-1 Global
    • M-1 Selection Championships
  • MMA
    • 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year.[22]
    • Breakthrough Fighter of the Year 2013.[23]
    • Breakthrough Fighter of the Year 2013.[24]


  • World Combat Sambo Federation
    • Combat Sambo World Champion (two-time)[25]
  • Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
    • Combat Sambo Russian National Champion.[3]
  • All-Russian Sambo Federation
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Championships 26nd Place (2010)[26]

ARG (Army Hand-to-Hand Combat)[edit]

  • Russian Union of Martial Arts
    • European Champion of Army Hand-to-Hand Combat


  • NAGA
    • Grappling World Champion 2012.


  • Russian Pankration Federation
    • European Pankration Champion.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–0 Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 21–0 Pat Healy Decision (unanimous) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 20–0 Abel Trujillo Decision (unanimous) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight bout, Nurmagomedov weighed in at 158.5 lbs. Sets record for most takedowns in a UFC bout.
Win 19–0 Thiago Tavares TKO (punches & elbows) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 1 1:55 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 18–0 Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–0 Kamal Shalorus Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 3 2:08 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 16–0 Arymarcel Santos TKO (punches) ProFC 36: Battle on the Caucas October 22, 2011 1 3:33 Khasavyurt, Republic of Dagestan, Russia
Win 15–0 Vadim Sandulitsky Submission (triangle choke) ProFC / GM Fight: Ukraine Cup 3 September 15, 2011 1 3:01 Odessa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine
Win 14–0 Khamiz Mamedov Submission (triangle choke) ProFC 30: Battle on Don August 5, 2011 1 3:15 Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Win 13–0 Kadzhik Abadzhyan Submission (triangle choke) ProFC: Union Nation Cup Final July 2, 2011 1 4:28 Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Win 12–0 Ashot Shahinyan KO (punches) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 15 May 5, 2011 1 2:18 Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Win 11–0 Said Khalilov Submission (kimura) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 14 April 9, 2011 1 3:16 Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Win 10–0 Alexander Agafonov TKO (corner stoppage) M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: The Finals February 17, 2011 2 5:00 Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine
Win 9–0 Vitaliy Ostrovskiy TKO (punches) M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: Clash of the Titans September 18, 2010 1 4:06 Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine
Win 8–0 Oleg Bagov Decision (unanimous) Golden Fist Russia June 10, 2010 2 5:00 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Win 7–0 Shahbulat Shamhalaev Submission (armbar) M-1 Challenge 2009: Selections 9 November 3, 2009 1 4:36 St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia Won M-1 Selection Tournament
Win 6–0 Eldar Eldarov TKO (punches) Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 August 8, 2009 2 2:44 Agvali, Republic of Dagestan, Russia
Win 5–0 Said Akhmed TKO (punches) Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 August 8, 2009 1 2:05 Agvali, Republic of Dagestan, Russia
Win 4–0 Shamil Abdulkerimov Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup October 11, 2008 2 5:00 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Win 3–0 Ramazan Kurbanismailov Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pankration Atrium Cup October 11, 2008 2 5:00 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Win 2–0 Magomed Magomedov Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup October 11, 2008 2 5:00 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Win 1–0 Vusal Bayramov Submission (triangle choke) CSFU: Champions League September 13, 2008 1 2:20 Poltava, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine


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