“The Eagle” Khabib Former UFC Lightweight Champion Nurmagomedov has a 29-win, 0-loss record in MMA competition. Judo black belt Khabib now holds the record for the longest reign in the lightweight division.
Young Adulthood and Career
At the age of 8, Khabib Nurmagomedov began his father’s instruction in martial sports. At the ages of 12, 15, and 17, he started high-level wrestling, judo, and combat sambo training.
While competing in MMA, Nurmagomedov won the WCSF World Championship in Combat Sambo in 2009 and 2010. In 2008 at CSFU: Champions League, he faced off against Vusal Bayramov for the first time in MMA. In the first round, the Russian successfully submitted Vusal through submission. He then competed in the Pakistan Artium Cup, winning every match by a unanimous vote.
In the Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 Tournament, he switched to welterweight and prevailed.
Before joining ProFC, Nurmagomedov won his subsequent championship at Golden Fist and M-1. In the promotion, he went 6-0 with the distinction of defeating each opponent in the first round. He joined the UFC in 2011 after leaving ProFC.
UFC’s Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov entered the UFC with a flawless record of 16-0 and continued to add to it by easily winning each match inside the cage. He defeated some of the top UFC competitors, including Conor McGregor, Michael Johnson, and Rafael Dos Anjos.
Lightweight Champion of the UFC
After Max Holloway was ruled unfit by the New York State Athletic Commission and Tony Ferguson suffered a knee injury, Khabib Nurmagodemov challenged Al Iaquinta for the vacant UFC lightweight title at UFC 223. In a five-round battle, “The Eagle” completely outclassed Iaquinta and won by unanimous decision.
McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor squared off at UFC 229. Conor would make his first appearance in the octagon in two years, and they would both compete for the UFC lightweight title. In the first two rounds, Nurmagomedov would dominate McGregor on the ground before choosing to stand with the Irishman in the third. When the Russian caught Mcgregor in a neck-crank in the fourth round, “The Notorious” was forced to submit.
Poirier vs. Nurmagomedov
At UFC 242, Khabib Nurmagomedov made a comeback to the ring to fight Dustin Poirier for the UFC lightweight title. Poirier would be subjugated and held down by Nurmagomedov for over nine minutes. In order to retain the title, he won via rear-naked choke submission in the third round.
Gaethje vs Nurmagomedov
At UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated interim champion Justin Gaethje to win the UFC lightweight title. In the second round, he used a mounted triangle choke to finish Gaethje after losing the first round according to the judge’s scores. In the post-fight interview, “The Eagle” declared his retirement from mixed martial arts.
Khabib Nurmagomedov – $14,770,000
Contrary to Conor McGregor’s meteoric rise in earnings, it took Khabib Nurmagomedov eight UFC fights to taste six-figure pay. The “Eagle” received $215,000 for defeating Edson Barboza at UFC 219, then a $500,000 cheque for his victory over Al Iaquinta to win the Lightweight championship in April 2018.
In his first match for a million dollars ($2,040,000), he defeated McGregor at UFC 229 by submission in the fourth round. He then defeated Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje to end his professional career, winning a combined $12,180,000 for both contests. He decided to retire after this bout because he didn’t want to enter the ring alone. Khabib wants to stop fighting now that his father’s death is irreversible and he has a record of 29-0-0 victories (13 in the UFC). If you want to experience the thrilling moments of UFC history and witness the rise of future champions, make sure to secure your UFC MMA Tickets for the upcoming events.
Stats for Khabib’s Career
Current Situation: Khabib Nurmagomedov currently has a 29-0 record. He was the lightweight division’s previous unbeaten champion.
8 victories via KO/TKO
- Gains via Submission: 11
- Decided victories: 10
- Nurmagomedov retires as the UFC lightweight champion with an undefeated record of 29-0-0
- 70 in. reach (178cm)
- Weight: 70 kg/155 lb
- Lightweight weight category
- Khabib Nurmagomedov remains undefeated in his Final Battle
In his most recent contest, Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 via triangle choke in the second round to retain the lightweight title.
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