|Born||Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov
September 20, 1988
Makhachkala, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
|Other names||The Eagle|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
194 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st) (walking-weight)
|Reach||64.0 in (163 cm)|
|Style||Sambo, Judo, Freestyle Wrestling, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||Makhachkala, Dagestan
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)
Gadzhi Makhachev Freestyle Wrestling Club
KHK MMA Team
|Rank||International Master of Sports in Sambo
Black belt in Judo
International Master of Sports in Pankration
International Master of Sports in Hand-to-Hand Combat
|Wrestling||Cadet Russian Freestyle Wrestling level|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||The State University of the Ministry of Finance|
|Notable relatives||Abubakar Nurmagomedov (cousin)
Shamil Zavurov (second cousin)
|Website||Official UFC Profile|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Men's Combat Sambo|
|2010 Kiev||-74 kg|
|World Clubs Cup|
|2010 Yalta||-82 kg|
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (Russian: Хабиб Абдулманапович Нурмагомедов; Avar: ХIабиб ГӀабдулманапил НурмухӀамадов; born September 20, 1988) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Avar ethnicity. He is a multiple time Combat Sambo World Champion, a wrestler and a Judo black belt who currently fights in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA with 23 straight wins. As of 18 April 2016 he is ranked the #1 contender in the UFC Lightweight division and numerous other publications.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988, in the village of Silde in modern-day Dagestan. He is an ethnic Avar and a devout Sunni Muslim. During his childhood, he began training freestyle wrestling under his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who is a master of judo and boxing. 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. After having trained for 5 years in Freestyle Wrestling without significant success in Russian wrestling competitions, Nurmagomedov studied Judo under black belt and ex-member Russian Olympic Team member Dzafar Dzafarov which he earned a black belt.
After high school, Nurmagomedov studied economics at the State University of the Ministry of Finance in Makhachkala. He trains at AKA (American KickBoxing Academy).
Mixed martial arts career
Nurmagomedov made his professional MMA debut in September 2008 and quickly compiled 4 wins in under a month, including 3 wins in the same night. Over the next 3 years he would go undefeated, finishing 11 out of 12 opponents along the way. This included winning the M-1 Selection Tournament and a first round armbar finish of future Bellator title contender Shahbulat Shamhalaev. A perfect 16-0 record in the regional circuits of Russia and Ukraine was enough to get a call from the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In late 2011, Nurmagomedov signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC’s lightweight division.
Nurmagomedov next defeated Gleison Tibau on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 via unanimous decision. The decision was somewhat controversial, as the majority of the bout consisted of Nurmagomedov unsuccessfully attempting to takedown Tibau, finishing 0 for 13 in takedown attempts. 5 out of 6 media outlets scored the fight for Tibau.
Nurmagomedov defeated Abel Trujillo on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160 via unanimous decision. At the weigh-ins, Nurmagomedov came in heavy 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. In the course of the fight, he set a new UFC record for the most takedowns in a single fight with 21 successful takedowns on 27 attempts.
Nurmagomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Donald Cerrone on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. However, the pairing was quickly scrapped after it was revealed that Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury 
Nurmagomedov was expected to face Tony Ferguson on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the fight in late October citing another injury and was replaced by Edson Barboza.
The bout with Ferguson was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19. However, on April 5, Ferguson pulled out of the bout due to a lung issue. Nurmagomedov faced promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher at a catchweight of 160 lb. He won the fight by TKO in the second round.
He was married in May 2013, and has a daughter. Nurmagomedov trains at Gadzhi Makhachev Freestyle wrestling club in Makhachkala, Dagestan and American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. A devout Sunni Muslim, Khabib's appearance in EA Sports UFC 2 generated controversy, as his character model appeared to give a Catholic gesture (the sign of the cross) upon victory. EA apologised and said they would rectify the error.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial artist
- M-1 Global
- M-1 Selection Championships
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Most takedowns in a single UFC fight (21 takedowns on 27 attempts) vs. Abel Trujillo.
- 2014 Fighter to Watch.
- MMA Nuts.com
- 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year.
- Breakthrough Fighter of the Year 2013.
- Breakthrough Fighter of the Year 2013.
- World Combat Sambo Federation (not FIAS)
- Combat Sambo World Champion (two-time)
- Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
- Combat Sambo Russian National Champion.
- All-Russian Sambo Federation
- Russian Combat Sambo National Championships 21st (2010)
ARB (Army Hand-to-Hand Combat)
- Russian Union of Martial Arts
- European Champion of Army Hand-to-Hand Combat
- Brazilian jiu-jitsu No-Gi World Champion.
- Russian Pankration Federation
- European Pankration Champion.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||23 wins||0 losses|
|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.|
|Win||19–0||Thiago Tavares||TKO (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|
|Win||16–0||Arymarcel Santos||TKO (punches)||ProFC 36: Battle on the Caucas||October 22, 2011||1||3:33||Khasavyurt, Russia|
|Win||15–0||Vadim Sandulitsky||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 Shahinyan||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|
|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||Won the M-1 Selection Tournament.|
|Win||6–0||Eldar Eldarov||TKO (punches)||Tsumada Fighting Championship 3||August 8, 2009||2||2:44||Agvali, Russia|
|Win||5–0||Said Akhmed||TKO (punches)||Tsumada Fighting Championship 3||August 8, 2009||1||2:05||Agvali, Russia|
|Win||4–0||Shamil Abdulkerimov||Decision (unanimous)||Pankration Atrium Cup||October 11, 2008||2||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||3–0||Ramazan Kurbanismailov||Decision (unanimous)||Pankration Atrium Cup||October 11, 2008||2||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Magomed Magomedov||Decision (unanimous)||Pankration Atrium Cup||October 11, 2008||2||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Vusal Bayramov||Submission (triangle choke)||CSFU: Champions League||September 13, 2008||1||2:20||Poltava, Ukraine|
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