Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov[a] (born 20 September 1988) is a Russian former professional mixed martial artist. He competed in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he was the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion ever, having held the title from April 2018 to March 2021. With 29 wins and no losses, he retired with an undefeated record.[8] Nurmagomedov is widely considered to be among the greatest mixed martial artists of all time,[9][10][11][12][13] and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on June 30, 2022.[14]

Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Nurmagomedov at the UFC Hall of Fame in 2022.
BornKhabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov
(1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 34)
Sildi, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
(now Sildi, Dagestan, Russia)
Native nameХабиб Нурмагомедов
Nickname(s)The Eagle
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
DivisionLightweight (2008–2010, 2012–2020)
Welterweight (2009–2011)
Reach177 cm (70 in)[2]
StyleSambo, ARB, Pankration, Grappling
Fighting out ofMakhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
San Jose, California, United States
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy[3]
TrainerAbdulmanap Nurmagomedov
Javier Mendez
RankWhite belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4][5]
Black belt in Judo[4][5]
International Master of Sport in Judo[6]
International Master of Sport in Sambo[2][5]
International Master of Sport in Army Hand-to-Hand Combat[5]
International Master of Sport in Pankration[5]
Years active2008–2020
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission11
By decision10
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Men's Combat Sambo
WCSF World Championships
Representing  Russia
Gold medal – first place 2009 Kyiv −74 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Moscow −82 kg

A two-time Combat Sambo World Champion, Nurmagomedov has a background in the disciplines of sambo, judo and wrestling. Nurmagomedov was ranked #1 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings at the time of his retirement,[15] until being removed following his title vacation in March 2021.[16] Fight Matrix ranks him as the #1 lightweight of all time.[17]

Coming from the Republic of Dagestan in Russia, Nurmagomedov is the first Muslim to win a UFC title.[18][19] He is the most-followed Russian on Instagram,[20] with more than 34 million followers as of December 2022.[21] He is also a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter, known for promoting the Eagle Fighting Championship (EFC). Since retirement, he has transitioned to a mixed martial arts coach and cornerman.

Early life

Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov was born to an Avar family on 20 September 1988, in the village of Sildi in the Tsumadinsky District of the Dagestan ASSR, an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.[22][23][24] He has an older brother, Magomed, and younger sister, Amina.[25] His father's family had moved from Sildi to Kirovaul, where his father converted the ground floor of their two-storey building into a gym. Nurmagomedov grew up in the household with his siblings and cousins.[25] His interest in martial arts began when watching students training at the gym.[26][27] Khabib's training as a child included wrestling a bear when he was nine years old.[28][29]

As is common with many children in Dagestan, he began wrestling from an early age: he started at the age of eight under the tutelage of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.[30] A decorated athlete and a veteran of the Soviet Army, Abdulmanap had also wrestled from an early age, before undergoing training in judo and sambo in the military.[31] Abdulmanap dedicated his life to coaching the youth in Dagestan, in hopes of offering an alternative to the Islamic extremism common to the region.[32][33]

In 2001, his family moved to Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan,[34] where he trained in wrestling from the age of 12, and judo from 15. He resumed training in combat sambo, under his father, at 17.[35] According to Nurmagomedov, the transition from wrestling to judo was difficult, but his father wanted him to get used to competing in a gi jacket.[22] Abdulmanap was a senior coach for the combat sambo national team in the Republic of Dagestan, training several athletes in sambo in Makhachkala, Russia.[31] Nurmagomedov frequently got into street fights in his youth, before focusing his attention on mixed martial arts.[36] Khabib said that, along with his father, three athletes who inspired him were the American boxers Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson and the Brazilian footballer Ronaldo.[37]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Nurmagomedov made his professional MMA debut in September 2008 and compiled four wins in under a month. On 11 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. These included a first-round armbar finish of future Bellator title challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev, which marked his M-1 Global debut. In 2011, he competed in seven fights for the ProFC promotion, all of which he won by TKO or submission.

A 16–0 record in the regional circuits of Russia and Ukraine generated interest from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in signing Nurmagomedov.[38][39] Later, Nurmagomedov's father revealed in an interview that due to a contract dispute with ProFC they had 11 court cases contesting the legitimacy of Nurmagomedov's UFC contract. After losing six and winning five cases, they reached an agreement and Khabib was able to continue his career.[40]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Early UFC fights and championship pursuits

In late 2011, Nurmagomedov signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC's lightweight division.[41]

In his UFC debut, on 20 January 2012 at UFC on FX 1, Nurmagomedov defeated Kamal Shalorus via submission in the third round.[42]

Nurmagomedov next defeated Gleison Tibau on 7 July 2012 at UFC 148 via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27.[43]

Nurmagomedov's next fight was against Thiago Tavares on 19 January 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[44] He won via KO in the first round. After the fight, Tavares tested positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and received a 9-month suspension.[45]

Nurmagomedov defeated Abel Trujillo on 25 May 2013 at UFC 160 via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27. At the weigh-ins, Nurmagomedov came in over the permitted limit, 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.[46] In the course of the fight, Nurmagomedov set a new UFC record for the most takedowns in a single fight, with 21 successful takedowns out of 28 attempts.[47]

In his fifth UFC fight, on 21 September 2013 at UFC 165, Nurmagomedov faced Pat Healy.[48] He dominated the fight and won via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27. Attending his first post-event press conference, UFC president Dana White praised the relative newcomer stating, "That slam, when he just scoops him up and slams him, Matt Hughes style. That reminded me of the old Matt Hughes where he would run a guy across the Octagon and slam him. The kid is exciting. We’re probably going to do big things with this kid."[49]

In December, Nurmagomedov challenged Gilbert Melendez on social media, with the two then expected to face off at UFC 170 on 22 February 2014.[50] However, the bout was cancelled for undisclosed reasons,[51] and Melendez was replaced by Nate Diaz. However, the match-up was cancelled as Diaz turned the bout down.[52] Nurmagomedov expressed his disappointment, appearing on The MMA Hour, "If they say that they're willing to fight the best, they should fight the best. If they want, I'll take them both at once in the cage."[53]

Nurmagomedov next faced former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos on 19 April 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[54] He dominated the fight and won via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27.[55]

Nurmagomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Donald Cerrone on 27 September 2014 at UFC 178.[56] However, the pairing was quickly scrapped after it was revealed that Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury.[57] He was later expected to face Cerrone on 23 May 2015, at UFC 187.[58] However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the bout on 30 April due to a recurring knee injury and was replaced by John Makdessi.[59]

Nurmagomedov was expected to face Tony Ferguson on 11 December 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[60] However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the fight in late October, citing another injury, and was replaced by Edson Barboza.[61]

Nurmagomedov and his father, Abdulmanap in 2016

The bout with Ferguson was rescheduled for 16 April 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[62] However, on 5 April, Ferguson pulled out of the bout due to a lung issue.[63] Ferguson was replaced by promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher at a catchweight of 160 lb.[64] Nurmagomedov won the one-sided fight by TKO in the second round.[65]

In September, Nurmagomedov signed two contracts for a title shot against the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvarez, on either the UFC 205 or the UFC 206 fight card, with Dana White confirming the bout for UFC 205.[66][67] However, on 26 September, the UFC announced that Alvarez would instead be defending the title against Conor McGregor.[68] Nurmagomedov voiced his displeasure on social media, calling Alvarez a "bullshit champ" for refusing the fight and opting for a bout with McGregor instead,[69] accusing the UFC of being a "freak show".[70]

In lieu of a title shot, Nurmagomedov next faced Michael Johnson on 12 November 2016 at UFC 205.[71] Nurmagomedov dominated the fight and was heard telling Dana White to give him a title shot as he mauled Johnson, winning via submission in the third round.[72]

The bout with Ferguson was scheduled for a third time at UFC 209 on 4 March 2017 for the interim Lightweight Championship.[73] Nurmagomedov, however, fell ill because of a botched weight cut, and the bout was cancelled as a result.[74][75]

Nurmagomedov faced Edson Barboza on 30 December 2017 at UFC 219.[76] Nurmagomedov dominated all three rounds, taking Barboza down repeatedly and dominating the fight with ground and pound. He won the fight by unanimous decision, with scores of 30-25, 30-25 and 30-24.[77] This win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus.[78]

UFC Lightweight Champion

Nurmagomedov vs. Iaquinta

Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov, left, congratulating Nurmagomedov on winning the UFC Lightweight Championship

A bout with Ferguson had been scheduled for the fourth time and was expected to take place on 7 April 2018 at UFC 223.[79] However, on 1 April 2018, it was reported that Ferguson had injured his knee and was to be replaced by Max Holloway.[80][81] On 6 April, Holloway was pulled from the fight after the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) declared him unfit to compete due to extreme weight cutting, and replaced by Al Iaquinta. Iaquinta's inclusion in the fight was controversial: the UFC's first choice to replace Holloway, Anthony Pettis, weighed in 0.2 pounds over the championship limit of 155 pounds and did not choose to re-weigh, and its second choice, Paul Felder, was rejected by NYSAC because he was not in the UFC's rankings at the time of the fight. Only Nurmagomedov was eligible to win the championship, as Iaquinta also weighed in 0.2 pounds over the championship weight limit.[82] Nurmagomedov dominated the fight and won via unanimous decision, with scores of 50-44, 50-43 and 50-43, and became the UFC Lightweight Champion.[83]

Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor

Nurmagomedov and his father meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin four days after his win against McGregor

On Friday, 3 August 2018, the UFC announced that Nurmagomedov would make his first defence of his lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.[84] In the fight, Nurmagomedov won the first two rounds, but lost the third round to McGregor. It was the first time Nurmagomedov lost a round in his UFC career.[85][86] He managed to defeat McGregor in the fourth round via submission.[87] After the contest, Nurmagomedov scaled the Octagon and tried to attack McGregor's teammate Dillon Danis, which resulted in a brawl between the two teams.[88] After the bout against the Irishman, Khabib improved his record to 27-0 which was then the longest win streak in UFC history. The event drew 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, the most ever for an MMA event.[89]

Nurmagomedov vs. Poirier

In June 2019, Nurmagomedov signed a new multi-fight contract with the UFC.[90] In the first fight of his new deal, Nurmagomedov made the second defence of his title against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier on 7 September 2019 in the main event at UFC 242.[91] He won the fight via a rear naked choke submission in the third round.[92] The win unified both titles and earned Nurmagomedov his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[93] He and Poirier swapped shirts after the fight as a show of respect. In his post-fight interview Nurmagomedov said that he would be selling the shirt Poirier gave him and donating the proceeds to Poirier's charity.[94] The shirt sold for $100,000 and the donation was matched by UFC president Dana White.[95]

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje

Nurmagomedov was scheduled to defend his title against Tony Ferguson on 18 April 2020 at UFC 249. This was the fifth time that a fight between the pair had been scheduled, and both fighters were on 12-fight win streaks in the UFC.[96] However, Nurmagomedov was unable to leave Russia because of restricted air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so was removed from the card.[97] Ferguson instead faced top contender Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 249, which was postponed to 9 May. Gaethje won the fight by fifth-round TKO, thus ending Ferguson's win streak and securing himself a shot at the undisputed title against Nurmagomedov.[98]

Nurmagomedov faced Gaethje in a unification bout on 24 October 2020 in the main event at UFC 254.[99][100][101] Nurmagomedov won the fight via technical submission with a triangle choke in the second round to defend and re-unify the UFC Lightweight Championship. In his post-fight interview, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. He explained that he had promised his mother that he would not continue to fight without his late father, "No way I'm going to come here without my father. It was first time after what happened with my father, when UFC called me about Justin, I talk with my mother three days. She doesn't want me to go fight without my father but I promised her it was going to be my last fight. If I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here."[102][103] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[104] Daniel Cormier claimed in an episode of DC & Helwani, after the fight, that Khabib had said he chose the triangle choke instead of an arm bar in order to prevent Gaethje from being injured.[105][106]

Retirement and vacation of the UFC Lightweight Championship

Despite attempted negotiations to bring him back for one more fight, UFC president Dana White announced on 19 March 2021 that he had accepted Nurmagomedov's decision to retire and that the UFC Lightweight Championship had been officially vacated.[107]

On July 1, 2022 Nurmagomedov was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on the International Fight Week in Las Vegas.[108]

MMA promoter

Following his retirement, Nurmagomedov purchased the Gorilla Fighting Championship (GFC), a Russian-based MMA promotion, for $1 million[109] – going on to rename it as the Eagle Fighting Championship (EFC).[110]

MMA coach and cornerman

Since retiring in October 2020, Nurmagomedov has been an active coach with American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez. He currently coaches and corners current UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev, Zubaira Tukhugov (UFC), Tagir Ulanbekov (UFC), Islam Mamedov (Bellator), Gadzhi Rabadanov (Bellator), Saygid Izagakhmaev (ONE Championship) and cousins Abubakar Nurmagomedov (UFC), Umar Nurmagomedov (UFC), Usman Nurmagomedov (Bellator), and Belal Muhammad at UFC 280.[111][112][113][114]

Fighting style

Nurmagomedov employs a wrestling-based style of relentless pressure against his opponents, often described as "mauling". Using a variety of wrestling and judo/sambo takedowns, he forces his opponents against the cage, and locks up their legs and an arm to prevent them from escaping. From this position, he exhausts his opponents by forcing his weight against them and attacks with measured strikes his opponents are often unable to defend. This was one of his many signature styles that he used to deploy to advance towards his finishing move.[115] Throughout his career, nineteen of his twenty-nine victories had come by way of either TKO/KO or submission.[116]

Former three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture praised Nurmagomedov as “brilliant”.[117] MMA Commentator Joe Rogan, a black belt in both 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, said of Nurmagomedov, “He’s the most terrifying lightweight contender in the world,” and “he’s just on such another level [of grappling] that the odds of beating him drop significantly after the first minute-and-a-half.”[118] UFC referee Herb Dean stated Nurmagomedov constantly talks to his opponents during fights.[119]

Personal life

Nurmagomedov in 2017

As part of his Dagestani Avar culture, Nurmagomedov frequently wears a papakha hat after fights and during promotional events.[120] He speaks several languages, including Avar, Kumyk, Russian, English, Turkish, and Arabic.[121] As of 2019, Nurmagomedov is a third-year student at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.[122] He is an avid football fan and supporter of the clubs Anzhi Makhachkala, Galatasaray, Real Madrid and Liverpool, as well as the Russia national team.[30][123][124]

Nurmagomedov is a Sunni Muslim.[125] In October 2020, The Guardian stated that Nurmagomedov is the second-most popular Muslim athlete in the world, behind only the Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah. The Guardian additionally stated that, since his high-profile victory over McGregor, Nurmagomedov has used his influential status to "further his ultra-conservative worldview".[33] In 2018, Nurmagomedov advocated a crackdown on nightclubs in his home region of Dagestan,[126] and levelled criticism at a rap concert held in Makhachkala, which led to rapper Egor Kreed cancelling his performances in the region.[33] In 2019, Nurmagomedov spoke out against a play held in Dagestan that featured a scene of a scantily-clad woman seducing a man. He described the play as "filth", recommended that there be a governmental investigation into its production, and called for those involved to issue a public apology, which allegedly led to the producer of the play receiving threats on social media.[33][127] In October 2020, Nurmagomedov criticised the President of France Emmanuel Macron in the wake of the murder of Samuel Paty, stating "May the Almighty disfigure the face of this creature and all its followers, who, under the slogan of freedom of speech, offend the feelings of more than one and a half billion Muslim believers. May the Almighty humiliate them in this life, and in the next."[128][129]

Nurmagomedov has trained with SC Bazarganova in Kizilyurt, Dagestan (2012),[130] K-Dojo, AMA Fight Club in Fairfield, New Jersey (2012), Mamishev Fight Team in Saint Petersburg (2012),[131] Fight Spirit Team in Kolpino, St. Petersburg (2013),[132] and KHK MMA Team in Bahrain (2015), which was funded by Bahraini prince Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.[133] In 2016, Nurmagomedov co-founded his own team, Eagles MMA, with support from the Dagestani billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov.[134] After Magomedov was arrested on charges of embezzlement in 2018, Nurmagomedov used his post-fight speech at UFC 223 to appeal to Russian president Vladimir Putin for Magomedov's release from jail.[33] Nurmagomedov has also hosted a training seminar at the Akhmat MMA fight club that is funded by Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, who has received criticism from some quarters for his government's alleged human rights abuses.[33][135][136][137]

In December 2021, Nurmagomedov's manager Ali Abdelaziz publicly offered former UFC rival Tony Ferguson a grappling match against Nurmagomedov.[138]


Nurmagomedov married Patimat in June 2013 and they have three children: a daughter born 1 June 2015, a son born 30 December 2017,[139] and a son born on 22 December 2019.[140] The first son was named Magomed, after Khabib's great-grandfather.[141] Among Nurmagomedov's cousins are fellow UFC fighters Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Umar Nurmagomedov, and Bellator fighter Usman Nurmagomedov.[142][143]

In May 2020, Nurmagomedov's father and long-time trainer Abdulmanap was placed in a medically induced coma after contracting COVID-19 following a heart surgery.[144][145] He died on 3 July 2020 at a clinic in Moscow, at the age of 57.[146][147]


In October 2018, Nurmagomedov was made an "Honorary Citizen of Grozny" by the mayor of Grozny Ibrahim Zakriev after his victory against McGregor at UFC 229. He was also presented with a Mercedes car by Chechnya's head Ramzan Kadyrov, funded from the Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation, and his father Abdulmanap was awarded the title of "Honoured Worker of Physical Culture of the Chechen Republic" by Kadyrov.[148]

On 5 December, 2019, Head of the Republic of Dagestan Vladimir Vasilyev awarded Nurmagomedov and his father, Abdulmanap the Order For Services to the Republic of Dagestan for their "significant contributions to sports in Dagestan".[149]


Bus attack at UFC 223 Media Day

On 3 April 2018, Nurmagomedov and fellow fighter Artem Lobov had an altercation, in which Nurmagomedov and his entourage cornered Lobov and slapped him multiple times.[150] Lobov is known to be close to Conor McGregor, with whom Nurmagomedov had verbal altercations and trash talk exchanges.[151] Two days later, during promotional appearances for UFC 223, McGregor and his entourage were let into the Barclays Center by credentialed members of his promotional team. They confronted Nurmagomedov, who was on a bus leaving the arena with other "red corner" fighters for UFC 223 onboard, including Rose Namajunas, Al Iaquinta, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Ray Borg, and Michael Chiesa.[152] McGregor ran up alongside the slowly moving bus and then ran past it to grab a metal equipment dolly, which he threw at the bus's window, before trying to throw other objects in the vicinity.[153] Chiesa and Borg were injured by the shattered glass, and sent to hospital. They were soon removed from the card on the advice of the NYSAC and the UFC's medical team.[154]

McGregor and others involved initially fled the Barclays Center after the incident.[155] UFC president Dana White said there was a warrant out for McGregor's arrest, and the NYPD said McGregor was a person of interest.[156] White claimed McGregor told him via text message: "This had to be done."[157] White said, "You can imagine he's going to be sued beyond belief," and denied suggestions that the violence was a stunt intended to generate interest in the UFC.[158] McGregor later turned himself in to a police station, where he faced three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.[159][160] He was further charged with menacing and reckless endangerment at his arraignment and released on $50,000 bail until 14 June 2018.[161][162] Under the bail conditions set by the judge, McGregor was allowed to travel without restriction.[163][164] McGregor later pleaded no contest to a count of disorderly conduct and was ordered to perform five days of community service and attend anger management classes.[165]

Incident at UFC 229

On 6 October 2018, following his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov jumped over the octagon fence and charged at McGregor's cornerman, Dillon Danis. Danis had reportedly shouted insults at Nurmagomedov.[166] Soon afterwards, McGregor and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Khabib's cousin, attempted to exit the octagon, but a scuffle broke out between them after McGregor punched Abubakar, who then punched him back.[167][168] McGregor was then attacked from behind inside the octagon by two of Nurmagomedov's cornermen, Zubaira Tukhugov and Esed Emiragaev.[169] Tukhugov, a Chechen fighter, was scheduled to fight on 27 October 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith against Artem Lobov, the McGregor team member who was confronted by Nurmagomedov in April 2018. Tukhugov was removed from the card on 17 October.[170]

Nurmagomedov's payment for the fight was withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as a result, pending an investigation into his actions. He appeared at the post-fight interview and apologized to the NSAC, saying he was provoked by McGregor's trash talk and the UFC 223 bus incident, adding, "You cannot talk about religion. You cannot talk about nation. Guys, you cannot talk about these things. This is very important to me."[171] He later posted on Instagram that he had warned McGregor that he would pay for everything he had done on 6 October.[172] Khabib's father, Abdulmanap, later said he did not hold a grudge towards McGregor and invited him to Russia to train.[173]

The NSAC filed a formal complaint against both Nurmagomedov and McGregor, and on 24 October, the NSAC voted to approve a motion to release half of Nurmagomedov's $2 million fight payout immediately. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor received indefinite bans until an official hearing would determine the disciplinary outcome of the post-fight brawl.[174] On 29 January 2019, the NSAC announced a nine-month suspension for Nurmagomedov (retroactive to 6 October 2018) and a $500,000 fine. He was eligible to compete again on 6 July 2019.[175] McGregor also received a six-month suspension and $50,000 fine, while Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov each received 12-month suspensions and fines of $25,000. Khabib Nurmagomedov complained about the NSAC's decisions and stated he no longer wished to compete in the state of Nevada.[176]

Comments on ring girls

In August 2021, Nurmagomedov attracted controversy after an EFC press conference when asked by a reporter about why he does not have ring girls at his promotion. Khabib stated that he did not have an issue with how other promotions went about their operations, stating that they are welcome to do things however they wish, but that he did not see a need for them in his promotion. He said that he personally saw no point to ring girls and their function of parading round cards around before the start of each round. According to him, it is a pointless exercise that makes him "uncomfortable".[177]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 29 wins 0 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 11 0
By decision 10 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 29–0 Justin Gaethje Technical Submission (triangle choke) UFC 254 24 October 2020 2 1:34 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Defended and unified the UFC Lightweight Championship. Performance of the Night. Later vacated title.
Win 28–0 Dustin Poirier Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 242 7 September 2019 3 2:06 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Defended and unified the UFC Lightweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 27–0 Conor McGregor Submission (neck crank) UFC 229 6 October 2018 4 3:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 26–0 Al Iaquinta Decision (unanimous) UFC 223 7 April 2018 5 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States Won the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 25–0 Edson Barboza Decision (unanimous) UFC 219 30 December 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 24–0 Michael Johnson Submission (kimura) UFC 205 12 November 2016 3 2:31 New York City, New York, United States
Win 23–0 Darrell Horcher TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans 16 April 2016 2 3:38 Tampa, Florida, United States Catchweight (160 lb) bout.
Win 22–0 Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne 19 April 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 21–0 Pat Healy Decision (unanimous) UFC 165 21 September 2013 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 20–0 Abel Trujillo Decision (unanimous) UFC 160 25 May 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (158.5 lb) bout; Nurmagomedov missed weight.
Win 19–0 Thiago Tavares KO (punches and elbows) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping 19 January 2013 1 1:55 São Paulo, Brazil Tavares tested positive for drostanolone.
Win 18–0 Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 7 July 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–0 Kamal Shalorus Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller 20 January 2012 3 2:08 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Return to Lightweight.
Win 16–0 Arymarcel Santos TKO (punches) ProFC 36: Battle on the Caucas 22 October 2011 1 3:33 Khasavyurt, Russia
Win 15–0 Vadim Sandulskiy Submission (triangle choke) ProFC / GM Fight: Ukraine Cup 3 15 September 2011 1 3:01 Odessa, Ukraine
Win 14–0 Khamiz Mamedov Submission (triangle choke) ProFC 30: Battle on Don 5 August 2011 1 3:15 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 13–0 Kadzhik Abadzhyan Submission (triangle choke) ProFC: Union Nation Cup Final 2 July 2011 1 4:28 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 12–0 Ashot Shaginyan KO (punches) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 15 5 May 2011 1 2:18 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 11–0 Said Khalilov Submission (kimura) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 14 9 April 2011 1 3:16 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 10–0 Alexander Agafonov TKO (corner stoppage) M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: The Finals 12 February 2011 2 5:00 Kyiv, Ukraine
Win 9–0 Vitaliy Ostroskiy TKO (punches) M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: Clash of the Titans 18 September 2010 1 4:06 Kyiv, Ukraine
Win 8–0 Ali Bagov Decision (unanimous) Golden Fist Russia 10 June 2010 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia Return to Welterweight.
Win 7–0 Shahbulat Shamhalaev Submission (armbar) M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 9 3 November 2009 1 4:36 St. Petersburg, Russia Return to Lightweight.
Win 6–0 Eldar Eldarov TKO (punches) Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 8 August 2009 2 2:44 Agvali, Russia Won the Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 Tournament.
Win 5–0 Said Akhmed TKO (punches) 1 2:05 Welterweight debut. Tsumada Fighting Championship 3 Tournament Semi-finals.
Win 4–0 Shamil Abdulkerimov Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup 1 11 October 2008 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia Won the Pankration Atrium Cup 1 Tournament.
Win 3–0 Ramazan Kurbanismailov Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00 Pankration Atrium Cup 1 Tournament Semi-finals.
Win 2–0 Magomed Magomedov Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00 Pankration Atrium Cup 1 Tournament Quarter-finals.
Win 1–0 Vusal Bayramov Submission (triangle choke) CSFU: Champions League 13 September 2008 1 2:20 Poltava, Ukraine Lightweight debut.


Television viewership

Pay-per-view (PPV)

Pay-per-view (PPV) headline bouts
Event Headline fight Date Venue City Buys
UFC 223 Khabib vs. Iaquinta 7 April 2018 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York, U.S 350,000[204]
UFC 229 Khabib vs. McGregor 6 October 2018 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S 2,400,000[205]
UFC 254 Khabib vs. Gaethje 24 October 2020 Flash Forum Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 675,000[206]
Total sales 3,425,000
Pay-per-view (PPV) undercards
Event Undercard fight Date Buys
UFC 165 Khabib vs. Healy 21 September 2013 310,000[204]
UFC 219 Khabib vs. Barboza 30 December 2017 380,000[204]
Total sales 690,000

Network television (non-PPV)

Event Headline fight Date Country Network Viewers Ref
UFC 229 Khabib vs. McGregor 6 October 2018 Russia Match TV 4,000,000 [207]
United Kingdom BT Sport 1 1,282,500 [208]
Russia & UK 5,282,500
UFC 242 Khabib vs. Poirier 7 September 2019 Russia Channel One Russia 26,000,000 [209]
UFC 254 Khabib vs. Gaethje 24 October 2020 Russia REN TV 10,800,000 [210]
Total viewership (non-PPV) Russia 40,800,000
Russia & United Kingdom 42,082,500

See also


  1. ^ Russian: Хабиб Абдулманапович Нурмагомедов
    Avar: ХIабиб ГӀабдулманапил НурмухӀамадов
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7 April 2018 – 19 March 2021
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Preceded by BBC World Sport Star of the Year
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