Abubakar Nurmagomedov

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Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Абубакар Нурмагомедов
АбубакIар НурмухӀамадов
BornAbubakar Magomedovich Nurmagomedov
(1989-11-13) November 13, 1989 (age 29)[1]
Makhachkala, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
Other namesDagestani Gangster
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)[1]
199 lb (90 kg; 14.2 st) (walk around weight)[3]
Reach73.0 in (185 cm)[4]
StyleSambo, Freestyle Wrestling
Fighting out ofMakhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
San Jose, California, U.S.
TeamGadzhi Makhachev freestyle wrestling club
American Kickboxing Academy
SC Bazarganova
TrainerMMA: Rizvan Magomedov, Javier Mendez
MMA/Sambo: Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
RankInternational Master of Sports in Combat Sambo
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission3
By decision5
By knockout1
By submission1
Other information
Notable relativesKhabib Nurmagomedov (cousin)[5]
Shamil Zavurov (second cousin)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Abubakar Magomedovich Nurmagomedov (Russian: Абубакар Магомедович Нурмагомедов; Avar: АбубакIар МухӀамадович НурмухӀамадов; born November 13, 1989) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Avar heritage, who currently fights in the Welterweight division of the Professional Fighters League. He is a Combat Sambo World Championships bronze medalist[6] and Russian national combat sambo champion.[7]


Abubakar Nurmagomedov was born on November 13, 1989 in the village of Goksuv in Khasavyurtovsky District, Dagestan. At primary school Abubakar began to train in freestyle wrestling, and after high school he joined to Combat Sambo under Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.[3] In 2014 he won the bronze medal match at the Combat Sambo World Championships.[6] He is a Sunni Muslim and represented the KHK MMA Team of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nurmagomedov made his professional MMA debut in October 2011 against Ibrahim Dzhantukhanov of Russia, and won in the first round by Submission (armbar). At the Sochi Star tournament he was eliminated by Dagestani UFC hopeful Magomed Mustafaev by technical knockout in the first round.[8] In the last fight before his American career he beat Vladimir Gunzu of Ukraine at Fight Star - Battle on Sura 3 in the first round.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

In March Nurmagomedov signed a contract with WSOF.[9]

In his WSOF debut, Nurmagomedov defeated Jorge Moreno of USA on August 1, 2015 at WSOF 22 via unanimous decision.[10]

After his debut he beat next opponent from Las Vegas, Nevada Danny Davis Jr. on December 18, 2015 at WSOF 26 via unanimous decision.[11]

Nurmagomedov faced Matthew Frincu on April 2, 2016 at WSOF 30.[12] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Nurmagomedov faced John Howard on October 7, 2016 at WSOF 33.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov faced Matt Secor on 18 March, 2017 at WSOF 35. He won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28).

Professional Fighters League[edit]

Nurmagomedov competed at PFL welterweight Grand-Prix. He faced Pavel Kusch in the opening round at PFL 3 on July 5, 2018. He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.

Nurmagomedov faced Jonatan Westin on August 16, 2018 at PFL 6.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Nurmagomedov would replace João Zeferino in the Welterweight Tournament at PFL 10 on October 20, 2018. He faced Bojan Veličković in the quarter-final round.[15] The bout ended in a unanimous draw with Nurmagomedov advancing due to winning the first round. However, Nurmagomedov did not advance to semifinals due to hand injury and Veličković replaced him.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  • World Combat Sambo Federation (not FIAS)
    • 2014 Combat Sambo World Championships 3rd – 82 kg (Moscow, Russia)


UFC 229 Nurmagomedov-McGregor post-fight incident[edit]

At UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped the cage after his title victory and charged toward Conor McGregor's cornerman Dillon Danis. Soon after, McGregor and Abubakar attempted to exit the octagon, but a scuffle broke out between them after McGregor punched Abubakar, who then punched him back.[16] McGregor was then attacked by two of Khabib's corner men, Zubaira Tukhugov [17] and Esed Emiragaev.[18] On January 29, 2019, the NSAC announced a one year suspension for Nurmagomedov, (retroactive to October 6, 2018) and a $25,000 fine. He will be eligible to compete again on June 6, 2019.[19]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 15–2–1 Bojan Veličković Draw (unanimous) PFL 10 October 20, 2018 2 5:00 Washington, D.C., United States 2018 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout. Advanced via first round tiebreaker but later withdrew due to a hand injury and was replaced by Veličković.
Win 15–2 Jonatan Westin Decision (unanimous) PFL 6 August 16, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 14–2 Pavel Kusch Submission (rear-naked choke) PFL 3 July 5, 2018 2 1:23 Washington, D.C., United States 2018 PFL Welterweight Tournament Opening Round.
Win 14–1 Matt Secor Decision (unanimous) WSOF 35 March 18, 2017 3 5:00 Verona, New York, United States
Win 13–1 John Howard Decision (unanimous) WSOF 33 October 7, 2016 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 12–1 Matthew Frincu TKO (punches) WSOF 30 April 2, 2016 2 3:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Danny Davis Jr. Decision (unanimous) WSOF 26 December 18, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Jorge Moreno Decision (unanimous) WSOF 22 August 1, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Vladimir Gunzu TKO (punches) Sochi Star Club - Sochi Star Tournament 3 February 22, 2015 1 N/A Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
Loss 8–1 Magomed Mustafaev TKO (doctor stoppage) Sochi Star Club - Sochi Star Tournament 1 September 1, 2014 2 4:11 Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
Win 8–0 Richard Totrav TKO (punches) Sochi Star Club - Sochi Star Tournament 1 September 1, 2014 1 4:27 Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
Win 7–0 Dmitry Capmari TKO (punches) Union of Veterans of Sport: Champion Cup December 21, 2013 1 3:36 Novosibirsk, Russia
Win 6–0 Magomed Shakhbanov TKO (punches) Liga Kavkaz: Grand Umakhan Battle July 7, 2013 1 2:46 Khunzakh, Dagestan, Russia
Win 5–0 Yuri Grigoryan Submission (kimura) Russian MMA Union: St. Petersburg MMA Championship 1 March 31, 2013 1 1:40 St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Russia
Win 4–0 Sergei Akinin TKO (punches) OctagonMMA Warriors: Nurmagomedov vs. Akinin February 21, 2012 1 4:10 Zhukovsky, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Win 3–0 Adilbek Zhaldoshov TKO (punches) OctagonMMA Warriors: Nurmagomedov vs. Zhaldoshov February 21, 2011 1 3:40 Zhukovsky, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Win 2–0 Anatoly Safronov Submission (triangle choke) Liga Kavkaz 2012 July 3, 2011 1 2:30 Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia
Win 1–0 Ibrahim Dzhantukhanov Submission (armbar) ProFC: Battle in the Caucasus October 22, 2011 1 1:32 Khasavyurt, Dagestan Russia


See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "Abubakar Nurmagomedov: "I came to win"". cageside.ru. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "2014 Combat Sambo World Championships". profc.com.ua. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Combat sambo Russian nationals". svsmma.ru. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "Nurmgagomedov vs. Mustafaev". videodrak.ru. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Nurmgagomedov signed in WSOF". mmasport.ru. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "American debut Nurmgagomedov's". tapology.com. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "Nurmgagomedovs vs. Danny Davis Jr". tapology.com. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "WSOF 30 fills out preliminary card in Las Vegas, including Abubakar Nurmagomedov". mmajunkie. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "With 3-hour broadcast, 6-bout WSOF 33 main card complete with Nurmagomedov-Howard". mmajunkie.com.
  14. ^ "Fight Card - PFL 6". PFL.
  15. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-10-15). "Second-seeded PFL welterweight Joao Zeferino is out of Saturday's PFL 10". espn.com. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  16. ^ "Khabib's cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov shows damage inflicted on him by Conor McGregor". JOE. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Dana White's Warning Message To Khabib Nurmagomedov After UFC 229 Match". 2018-10-07. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  18. ^ Васильев, Руслан. "На Макгрегора напали после боя. Кто эти люди?". sport.business-gazeta.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  19. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-01-29). "Khabib Nurmagomedov suspended nine months, fined $500k for UFC 229 brawl in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  20. ^ Sherdog.com. "Abubakar Nurmagomedov MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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