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"The Eagle"

Khabib Nurmagomedov

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29-0-0 (W-L-D)


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Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Learn more about Khabib Nurmagomedov's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Cidade natal
Dagestan Republic, Russia
AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) San Jose
Estreia no UFC
Alcance das pernas

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2008

  • Eight wins by KO, 10 by submission (4 triangle, 2 RNC, 2 kimura, armbar, neck crank)

  • Has 11 first round finishes

  • Finished 14 of last 20 wins

  • Has 12-0 UFC record

  • Made two successful title defenses

  • Officially retired in 2021


UFC History

UFC 254 (10/24/20) Nurmagomedov submitted Justin Gaethje (triangle choke) at 1:34 of the second round to defend his UFC lightweight title

UFC 242 (10/7/19) Nurmagomedov submitted Dustin Poirier (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of the third round to defend his UFC lightweight title

UFC 229 (10/6/18) Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor (neck crank) at 3:03 of the fourth round to defend his UFC lightweight title

UFC 223 (4/7/18) Nurmagomedov won a five round unanimous decision over Al Iaquinta to win the vacant UFC lightweight championship

UFC 219 (12/30/17) Nurmagomedov won a three round unanimous decision over Edson Barboza 

UFC 205 (11/12/16) Nurmagomedov submitted Michael Johnson (kimura) at 2:31 of the third round

UFC on FOX (4/16/16) Nurmagomedov stopped Darrell Horcher (TKO, punches) at 3:38 of the second round

UFC on FOX (4/19/14) Nurmagomedov won a three round unanimous decision over Rafael dos Anjos

UFC 165 (9/21/13) Nurmagomedov won a three round unanimous decision over Pat Healy

UFC 160 (5/25/13) Nurmagomedov won a three round unanimous decision over Abel Trujillo

UFC on FX (1/19/13) Nurmagomedov knocked out Thiago Tavares (punches and elbows) at 1:55 of the first round

UFC 148 (7/7/12) Nurmagomedov won a three round unanimous decision over Gleison Tibau

UFC on FX (1/20/12) Nurmagomedov submitted Kamal Shalorus (rear-naked choke) at 2:08 of the third round



TRAINING: Morning run for about 30 minutes, lunch, sparring. Grappling and striking every other night. Also I like to go to Russian sauna once a week.

When and why did you start training for fighting? In 2008 I decided to start competing in MMA under the guidance of my father. I had secured a few Combat Sambo awards by that time. My first fight I finished in the second round by RNC and was awarded submission of the night.

What ranks and titles have you held? Two-time Russian Combat Sambo and two-time World Sambo Champion

Do you have any heroes? My childhood friend Eldar Eldarov

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s my childhood dream and can tell you that I have seen all of UFC’s fights. This is something I was doing while other kids played video games.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I graduated from Financial Academy with honors.What was your job before you started fighting? I am dedicated to fighting and I did not have to work except for training youth and children in wrestling.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? M-1 Selection Champion

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Internationally recognized Sambo Master

Favorite grappling technique: Free-style wrestling, double and single leg takedowns

Favorite striking technique: Thai Clinch, knees and elbows

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia punches Al Iaquinta in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 223 event inside Barclays Center on April 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Michael Johnson of the United States (bottom) fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their lightweight bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)