KHABIB ABDULMANAPOVICH NURMAGOMEDOV, who is also known as “THE EAGLE”, is a MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST and UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION of the world since 2018. KHABIB was born in DAGESTAN on 20th September 1988. He is considered as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time with an undefeated record of 29-0. His style of fighting is SAMBO & PANKRATON his height is around 5ft 10inches or 178cm and weight of 155lb or 70kg. In his carrier, he has fought in two Divisions one is LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION and one is WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION.
KHABIB was born to an Avar family on 20th September 1988, in the village of Sildi in the Tsumadinsky District of Dagestan ASSR, an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.
KHABIB grew in the household with his siblings and cousins. His interest in martial begins at a very small age when he saw some persons training in the gym and his training as a child included wrestling a bear when he was just 9 years of world.
Like any other child in DAGESTAN, he started his training at an early age in the leadership of his father ABDULMANAP NURMAGOMEDOV, his father had also wrestled in his early years of life and he was also a veteran of the Soviet Army. ABDULMANAP dedicated his life to coaching the youth in DAGESTAN.
KHABIB FIGHTING STYLE
KHABIB has a very unique style of wrestling which is described as “MAULING”, he uses a variety of wrestling techniques and judo, then he put enormous pressure on his opponents by tieing up their legs and arms and force them to quit the match and in maximum case the opponents either go to sleep or they give up.
Besides very strong wrestling techniques Khabib also puts enormous mental pressure against his opponents, an UFC referee HERB DEAN stated that NURMAGOMEDOV constantly talks to his opponents while wrestling and he puts enormous mental pressure on them.
KHABIB is a SUNNI Muslim and as a part of the Dagestani Avar culture he wears a papakha hat which he often uses after fights or during any promotional events, he speaks many languages which includes Avar, Russian, Arabic, and English.
According to THE GUARDIAN in October 2020 NURMAGOMEDOV is the second most popular Muslim athlete in the world behind the Egyptian footballer MOHAMED SALAH.
NURMAGOMEDOV has married Patimat in June 2013, he has three children one daughter and two sons, Khabib lost his father ABDULMANAP in May 2020 after he was placed in a medically induced coma after contracting COVID-19 following heart surgery, he died on 3 July 2020 in Moscow at the age of 57.
Khabib is also very close to his mother and his cousin UMAR NURMAGOMEDOV is also a professional MMA fighter who extended his unbeaten record to 13-0 after a successful UFC debut.
MMA & UFC CARRIER
NURMAGOMEDOV made his professional MMA debut in September 2008 and he registered 4 continuous wins within a month, on 11th October he became the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament champion, having defeated his three opponents at the Moscow event, over the next three years he went undefeated finishing 11 out of 12 opponents.
In 2011 he fought 7 fights for the ProFC promotion in which he won all of them, and he left MMA with a record of 16-0.
Now in late 2011, NURMAGOMEDOV signed a six-fight deal to compete in UFC lightweight division, he debuted UFC on 20th January 2012 and he defeated Kamal Shalorus via submission in the third round, in the similar fashion he fought with many fighters like THIAGO TAVARES, ABEL TRUJILLO, PAT HEALY, RAFAEL DOS ANJOS and many more but he gets world’s attention and popularity when he defeated “THE NOTORIOUS” CONNOR MCGREGOR, In the fight NURMAGOMEDOV won the first two rounds but lost to Mcgregor in the third round, it was the first time that NURMAGOMEDOV lost a round in his UFC carrier but he manages to defeat Mcgregor in the fourth round via submission.
This fight drew 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, the most ever for a UFC event, after this fight KHABIB fought with DUSTIN POIRIER and JUSTIN GAETHJE in which fought of the fight via submission, but soon after his fight with JUSTIN, NURMAGOMEDOV announced his retirement as he was too emotional for his father loss.
KHABIB has an exceptional record of undefeated 29-0 in his entire wrestling carrier and he considered as one of the best UFC and MMA fighters in the world and he is also considered as the G.O.A.T status which GREATEST OF ALL TIME because what makes khabib so special, it’s his respect and devotion towards “ALLAH”, he never drinks alcohol nor he sponsors it and he is always humble, he shows respect to his opponent after and before the fights, he takes care of his family and moreover, he is a fantastic and hardworking person that one can ever find.
So we hope you will take inspiration from him and as KHABIB says’s “ CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN SO YOU CAN SEE THE WORLD, NOT SO THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU”.
Always looks up at the brighter side of life and in any condition remember YOU CAN’T GIVE UP.