Khabib Nurmagomedov

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Abdulmanapovich and the family name is Nurmagomedov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Хабиб Нурмагомедов
ХIабиб НурмухӀамадов
Born Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov
(1988-09-20) September 20, 1988 (age 28)
Makhachkala, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Other names The Eagle
Residence Makhachkala, Dagestan
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Avar
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)[1]
194 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st) (walking-weight)[2][3]
Division Lightweight
Reach 70[4] in (178 cm)
Style Sambo, Judo, Freestyle Wrestling, Pankration
Fighting out of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
San Jose, California, U.S.
Team Red Fury Fight Team
American Kickboxing Academy (2012-present )
Fight Spirit Team (2013)[5]
Mamishev Team (2012)[6]
AMA Fight Club (2012)
Gadzhi Makhachev Freestyle Wrestling Club
SC Bazarganova[7]
KHK MMA Team[8]
Trainer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
Javier Mendez
Sazhid Sazhidov (wrestling)
Rank International Master of Sports in Sambo[9]
Black belt in judo[10]
International Master of Sports in Pankration[citation needed]
International Master of Sports in Hand-to-Hand Combat[citation needed]
Wrestling Cadet Russian Freestyle Wrestling level
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 23
By knockout 8
By submission 7
By decision 8
Losses 0
Draws 0
Other information
University The State University of the Ministry of Finance
Notable relatives Abubakar Nurmagomedov (cousin)[11]
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 2010 Kiev -74 kg
World Clubs Cup
Silver medal – second place 2010 Yalta[12] -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 heritage. He is a two 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[13][14] and numerous other publications.[15][16][17]

Early life[edit]

Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988, in the village of Silde in modern-day Dagestan. He is an ethnic Avar. 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.[18] At age nine, he wrestled with a bear as part of his martial arts training.[19] 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.[20]

After high school, Nurmagomedov studied economics at the State University of the Ministry of Finance in Makhachkala. He trains at Gadzhi Makhachev freestyle wrestling club and at AKA (American Kickboxing Academy).

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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 former 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.[21]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In late 2011, Nurmagomedov signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC’s lightweight division.[22]

In his UFC debut, Nurmagomedov defeated Kamal Shalorus on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1 via submission in the third round.[23]

Nurmagomedov next defeated Gleison Tibau on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 via unanimous decision.[24] 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.[25] 5 out of 6 media outlets scored the fight for Tibau.[26]

Nurmagomedov defeated Thiago Tavares on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[27] 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 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.[28] 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.[29]

In his fifth UFC fight, Nurmagomedov faced Pat Healy on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[30] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Gilbert Melendez at UFC 170.[31] However, the fight was cancelled due to undisclosed reasons.[32]

Nurmagomedov faced Rafael Dos Anjos on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[33] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Donald Cerrone on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[34] However, the pairing was quickly scrapped after it was revealed that Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury [35]

Nurmagomedov was expected to face Donald Cerrone on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[36] However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the bout on April 30 due to a knee injury. He was replaced by John Makdessi.[37]

Nurmagomedov was expected to face Tony Ferguson on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[38] However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the fight in late October citing another injury and was replaced by Edson Barboza.[39]

The bout with Ferguson was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[40] However, on April 5, Ferguson pulled out of the bout due to a lung issue.[41] Nurmagomedov faced promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher at a catchweight of 160 lb.[42] He won the fight by TKO in the second round.[43]

Khabib was expected to face the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvarez, on either the UFC 205 or the UFC 206 fight card, and Dana White had confirmed it on Twitter.[44] However, on September 26, UFC revealed Alvarez would defend the title against Conor McGregor instead.[45] Khabib voiced his displeasure on social media, calling Alvarez "bullshit"[46] and accusing UFC of being a "freak show".[47]

Nurmagomedov is expected to face Michael Johnson on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205.[48]

Personal life[edit]

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 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.[49]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial artist[edit]


  • World Combat Sambo Federation (not FIAS)
    • Combat Sambo World Champion (two-time)[52]
  • Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
    • Combat Sambo Russian National Champion.[9]
  • All-Russian Sambo Federation
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Championships 21st (2010)[53]

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

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


  • NAGA
    • Brazilian jiu-jitsu No-Gi World Champion.


  • Russian Pankration Federation
    • European Pankration Champion.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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, Dagestan, 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, Dagestan, Russia
Win 5–0 Said Akhmedov TKO (punches) Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 August 8, 2009 1 2:05 Agvali, Dagestan, 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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