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Khabib Nurmagomedov
Хабиб Нурмагомедов
ХIабиб НурмухӀамадов
Khabib Nurmagomedov 2.png
Nurmagomedov in January 2017
Born Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov
(1988-09-20) September 20, 1988 (age 30)
Sildi, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other names The Eagle
Residence Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Avar
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)[1]
Division Welterweight (2008–2011)
Lightweight (2012–present)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)[2]
Style Sambo, Judo, Pankration, Freestyle Wrestling
Fighting out of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
San Jose, California, United States
Team Gadzhi Makhachev Freestyle Wrestling Club
American Kickboxing Academy (2013–present)
SC Bazarganova
Trainer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov (head coach)
Javier Mendez (striking)
Sazhid Sazhidov (wrestling)
Nurmagomed Shanavazov (boxing)
Rank International Master of Sport in Sambo[2]
International Master of Sports in Judo
International Master of Sports in Pankration[citation needed]
International Master of Sports in Army Hand-to-Hand Combat[citation needed]
Wrestling Cadet Russian Freestyle Wrestling level
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 27
Wins 27
By knockout 8
By submission 9
By decision 10
Losses 0
Other information
University Financial Academy
Notable relatives Abubakar Nurmagomedov (cousin)[3]
Shamil Zavurov (second cousin)
Website Official UFC Profile
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Men's Combat Sambo
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Kiev -74 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Moscow -82 kg

Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (Russian: Хабиб Абдулманапович Нурмагомедов; Avar: ХIабиб ГӀабдулманапил НурмухӀамадов; born September 20, 1988) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist of Avar ethnicity. Nurmagomedov is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and the reigning undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion. He is undefeated in professional MMA, with 27 wins, holding the record for the longest undefeated streak in professional MMA history.[4] Hailing from Russia's Dagestan region, he is the first Russian to win a UFC title.[5] As of October 8, 2018, he is ranked #2 in the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.[6][7]

Early life

Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988, in the village of Sildi in Tsumadinsky District of the Dagestan ASSR, an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union,[8][8][9][10] before moving to Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, in his childhood. Then briefly in his older years he moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where he trained at Combat Dobro.[citation needed] He is the second of three children, including an older brother Magomed and younger sister Amina.[11] 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.[11] His interest in martial arts began when watching students training at the gym.[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15] Khabib's training as a child included wrestling a bear, by the time he was nine years-old in 1997.[16][17]

In 2001, his family moved to Machachkala,[18] 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.[19] 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.[8] Abdulmanap is currently a senior coach for the combat sambo national team in the Republic of Dagestan, training several athletes in sambo and wrestling in Makhachkala, Russia.[15] Nurmagomedov would frequently get into street fights in his youth, before focusing his attention on mixed martial arts.[20]

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 October 11, 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.[21][22]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Early UFC fights and championship pursuits

In late 2011, Nurmagomedov signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC’s lightweight division.[23]

In his UFC debut, on January 20, 2012, at UFC on FX 1, Nurmagomedov defeated Kamal Shalorus via submission in the third round.[24]

Nurmagomedov next defeated Gleison Tibau on July 7, 2012, at UFC 148 via unanimous decision.[25]

Nurmagomedov next fight was against Thiago Tavares on January 19, 2013, at UFC on FX 7.[26] He won via KO in the first round.

Nurmagomedov defeated Abel Trujillo on May 25, 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.[27] 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 27 attempts.[28]

In his fifth UFC fight, on September 21, 2013, at UFC 165, Nurmagomedov faced Pat Healy.[29] 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."[30]

In December, Nurmagomedov challenged Gilbert Melendez on social media, with the two then expected to face off at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014.[31] However, the bout was cancelled for undisclosed reasons,[32] with Melendez then replaced by Nate Diaz. However, the match-up was again cancelled as Diaz turned the bout down.[33] 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."[34]

Nurmagomedov next faced Rafael dos Anjos on April 19, 2014, at UFC on Fox 11.[35] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[36]

Nurmagomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Donald Cerrone on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178.[37] However, the pairing was quickly scrapped after it was revealed that Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury.[38] He was later expected to face Donald Cerrone on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187.[39] However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the bout on April 30 due to a recurring knee injury. He was replaced by John Makdessi.[40]

Nurmagomedov was expected to face Tony Ferguson on December 11, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[41] However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the fight in late October, citing another injury, and was replaced by Edson Barboza.[42]

The bout with Ferguson was rescheduled to take place on April 16, 2016, at UFC on Fox 19.[43] However, on April 5, Ferguson pulled out of the bout due to a lung issue.[44] Ferguson was replaced by promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher at a catchweight of 160 lb.[45] Nurmagomedov won the one-sided fight by TKO in the second round.[46]

In September, Nurmagomedov signed two contracts for a title shot against the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvarez, on either the UFC 205 or the UFC 206 fight card, with Dana White confirming the bout between the two for UFC 205.[47][48] However, on September 26, the UFC announced that Alvarez would instead be defending the title against Conor McGregor.[49] Nurmagomedov voiced his displeasure on social media, calling Alvarez a "bullshit champ" for refusing the fight and opting for a bout with McGregor instead,[50] accusing the UFC of being a "freak show".[51]

In lieu of a title shot, Nurmagomedov next faced Michael Johnson on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205.[52] After being rocked in the first round, Nurmagomedov regained his composure and dominated the remainder of the fight, winning via submission in the third round.[53]

The bout with Ferguson was scheduled for a third time at UFC 209 on March 4, 2017, for the interim Lightweight Championship.[54] Nurmagomedov, however, fell ill because of a botched weight cut, and the bout was cancelled as a result.[55][56]

Nurmagomedov faced Edson Barboza on December 30, 2017, at UFC 219.[57] Nurmagomedov dominated all three rounds of the fight, taking Barboza down repeatedly and dominating the fight with ground and pound. He won the fight by unanimous decision.[58] This win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus.[59]

UFC Lightweight Championship bout

A bout with Ferguson had been scheduled for the fourth time and was expected to take place on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223.[60] However, on April 1, 2018, it was reported that Ferguson injured his knee and was to be replaced by Max Holloway.[61][62] On April 6, Holloway was pulled from the fight after the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) declared him unfit to compete due to extreme weight cutting, and replaced by Al Iaquinta. Only Nurmagomedov was eligible to win the championship, as Iaquinta weighed in 0.2 pounds over the championship weight limit.[63] Nurmagomedov dominated the fight, controlling Iaquinta from start to finish, and won via unanimous decision to become the UFC Lightweight Champion.[64]

Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor

On Friday, August 3, 2018, it was announced that Nurmagomedov would make his first defense of the UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.[65] At the event, Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor in the fourth round via submission in a largely dominant performance.[66]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts


  • World Combat Sambo Federation
    • 2009 World Combat Sambo Championships (-74 kg) Gold Medalist[73][74]
    • 2010 World Cup in Combat Sambo (-82 kg) Silver Medalist[75][76]
    • 2010 World Combat Sambo Championships (-82 kg) Gold Medalist[77]
  • Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
    • 2009 Russian Combat Sambo Championships (-74 kg) Gold Medalist[78][79]
  • All-Russian Sambo Federation
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Championships 21st (2010)[80] (World Team Trials-FIAS)


  • NAGA World Championship
    • 2012 Men's No-Gi Expert Welterweight Champion [81]
    • 2012 ADCC Rules No-Gi Expert Welterweight Champion [81]

ARB (Army Hand-to-Hand Combat)

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


  • International Pankration federation
    • European Pankration Champion

UFC pay-per-view bouts

Date Fight Event Buys
September 21, 2013 Khabib vs. Healy UFC 165 310,000[82]
December 30, 2017 Khabib vs. Barboza UFC 219 380,000[82]
April 7, 2018 Khabib vs. Iaquinta UFC 223 350,000[82]
October 6, 2018 Khabib vs. McGregor UFC 229 2,500,000[83]
Total sales 3,540,000

Personal life

Nurmagomedov married in June 2013. He has a daughter and a son.[84] He is a devout Sunni Muslim.[85] He speaks several languages, including Dagestani, Russian, English, Turkish, and Arabic.[86] He frequently wears a papakha hat, part of his Dagestani Avar culture, after fights and during promotions.[87]

He has trained with SC Bazarganova in Kizilyurt, Dagestan (2012),[88] Mamishev Fight Team in Saint Petersburg (2012),[89] Fight Spirit Team in Kolpino, St. Petersburg (2013),[90] and KHK MMA Team in Bahrain (2015).[91] In 2016, he co-founded his own team, "Eagles MMA Team", with Ziyavudin Magomedov.[92] He is a fan of Anzhi Makhachkala and Real Madrid football clubs as well as the Russian national football team.[14]


EA Sports UFC 2

Nurmagomedov's appearance in EA Sports UFC 2 generated some controversy, as his character crosses himself with the Orthodox Christian sign of the cross (right to left) upon victory, despite Nurmagomedov being a Sunni Muslim. EA apologized and said they would rectify the error.[85]

UFC 229 Nurmagomedov-McGregor post-fight incident

Following his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov jumped the cage and charged toward McGregor's cornerman Dillon Danis, who provoked Nurmagomedov with trash talk from outside the cage. Soon afterwards, McGregor and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Khabib's cousin, also attempted to exit the octagon, but a scuffle broke out between them after McGregor punched Abubakar, who then punched him back.[93] McGregor was then attacked by two of Nurmagomedov's cornermen, Zubaira Tukhugov[94] and Esed Emiragaev.[95] Zubaira Tukhugov, a Chechen fighter, was scheduled to fight on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith against Artem Lobov, the McGregor team member who was confronted by Nurmagomedov in April 2018. Nurmagomedov's payment for the fight was withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as a result, pending an investigation into his actions. Nurmagomedov appeared at the post-fight interview and apologized to the NSAC, saying he was provoked by McGregor's trash-talk and the UFC 223 bus incident, and adding, "You cannot talk about religion. You cannot talk about nation. Guys, you cannot talk about these things. This is very important to me."[96]

NSAC filed a formal complaint against both McGregor and Nurmagomedov and received a temporary suspension for ten days come October 15, 2018 from NSAC , pending a hearing on October 24, 2018 to vote if they would be indefinitely suspended pending their investigation.[97]

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–0 Conor McGregor Submission (neck crank) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 4 3:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 26–0 Al Iaquinta Decision (unanimous) UFC 223 April 7, 2018 5 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States Won the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 25–0 Edson Barboza Decision (unanimous) UFC 219 December 30, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 24–0 Michael Johnson Submission (kimura) UFC 205 November 12, 2016 3 2:31 New York City, New York, United States
Win 23–0 Darrell Horcher TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 2 3:38 Tampa, Florida, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
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 (158.5 lbs) bout; Nurmagomedov missed weight. Set UFC record for the most takedowns in a single fight (21).
Win 19–0 Thiago Tavares KO (punches and elbows) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 1 1:55 São Paulo, Brazil Tavares tested positive for drostanolone.
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 Return to Lightweight.
Win 16–0 Arymarcel Santos TKO (punches) ProFC 36: Battle on the Caucas October 22, 2011 1 3:33 Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia
Win 15–0 Vadim Sandulskiy Submission (triangle choke) ProFC / GM Fight: Ukraine Cup 3 September 15, 2011 1 3:01 Odessa, Ukraine
Win 14–0 Khamiz Mamedov Submission (triangle choke) ProFC 30: Battle on Don August 5, 2011 1 3:15 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 13–0 Kadzhik Abadzhyan Submission (triangle choke) ProFC: Union Nation Cup Final July 2, 2011 1 4:28 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 12–0 Ashot Shaginyan TKO (punches) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 15 May 5, 2011 1 2:18 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 11–0 Said Khalilov Submission (kimura) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 14 April 9, 2011 1 3:16 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 10–0 Alexander Agafonov TKO (corner stoppage) M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: The Finals February 12, 2011 2 5:00 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 9–0 Vitaliy Ostroskiy TKO (punches) M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: Clash of the Titans September 18, 2010 1 4:06 Kiev, Ukraine Return to Welterweight.
Win 8–0 Ali Bagov Decision (unanimous) Golden Fist Russia June 10, 2010 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 7–0 Shahbulat Shamhalaev Submission (armbar) M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 9 November 3, 2009 1 4:36 St. Petersburg, Russia Return to Lightweight. Won the M-1 Selection Challenge.
Win 6–0 Eldar Eldarov TKO (punches) Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 August 8, 2009 2 2:44 Agvali, Dagestan, Russia
Win 5–0 Said Akhmed TKO (punches) Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 August 8, 2009 1 2:05 Agvali, Dagestan, Russia Welterweight debut.
Win 4–0 Shamil Abdulkerimov Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup October 11, 2008 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup Tournament Final.
Win 3–0 Ramazan Kurbanismailov Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup October 11, 2008 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup Tournament Semifinal.
Win 2–0 Magomed Magomedov Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup October 11, 2008 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup Tournament Opening Round.
Win 1–0 Vusal Bayramov Submission (triangle choke) CSFU: Champions League September 13, 2008 1 2:20 Poltava, Ukraine


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April 7, 2018 - Present