Khabib Nurmagomedov, aka “THE EAGLE” is a 31 years old mixed martial artist from Russia, was born on 20th September 1988, in Sildi village in the Dagestan region. Khabib is now currently undefeated lightweight champion 28-0 of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Nurmagomedov has an older brother called Magomed, and a younger sister, Amina. He began wrestling at the age of eight, coached by his father Abdulmanap Nurmagodev, a senior coach for the combat sambo. Being under his father’s tutelage, he began wrestling from 12, training Judo at 15, and combat sambo at 17. All these training experiences made him a mixed martial artist.
Khabib, at the age of 22, decided to marry Patimat Nurmagomedev, who is his distant relative, born from Sildi, the same village, a first-year high school deskmate, and also maintains a low profile in public. Being deeply a Muslim religious man, they did a traditional Muslim wedding in 2013 in Makhachkala. They are blessed with two children, a girl Fatima and a son Magomed. In September 2019, his father, Abdulmanap, announced that Khabib and his wife were expecting a child.
Nurmegomedev standing at 5 ft. 10 inches and weighing 155lbs from Russia began his career in 2008 and won the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament champion in 2008, having defeated three of his opponents the Moscow event. In 2011 he won all the seven fights he competed for the ProFC promotion. Holding a 16-0 record was enough for him to qualify for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Khabib holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA has won all 28 of his entire fights in MMA; 12 in the UFC, 1O by submissions, and eight by total knockouts. He made the news when he won against his rival Conor McGregor at UFC 229 which drew the largest pay per view purchases in the promotion history. Besides winning the UFC Championship, he has also won other titles outside MMA like; Combat Sambo, Pankration, Grappling, the Night bonus’s performance two times, and holds the record for the most takedowns in a single fight.
He employs a mauling, wrestling, and judo takedowns of relentless pressure against his opponents by grappling both legs and an arm, hence exhausting them against the defense in the field. His defensive style is underrated, but it has knocked down all of his opponents like Conor McGregor. He speaks several languages; Avar, Russian, Arabic, English, and Turkish. He frequently wears a Papakha (pa-pa-ha) hat, made from sheep’s skin and wool, as part of Avar traditional culture, before and after fights and promotions. Besides being a UFC wrestler is also a third student at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics as of 2019.
At a glance Khabib Nurmagomedov
Age: 31, born 20 September 1988
Nickname: The Eagle
Home City: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Height & Weight: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm), 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout: 8
In June 2020, Forbes Russia announced Khabib as the most successful Russian athlete below 40. He has an estimated net worth of $30 million. He made over $2 million for his title defense against McGregor and $6 million against Dustin Poirier; this fight has elevated his status to a Megastar. Thus, landing him to be a brand ambassador of SalamPay, he is sponsored by Toyota, Gorilla energy, and Reebok. Besides that, the UFC champion is also paid handsomely for attendance and charges $300,000 per day for speaking engagements. Besides that, he is the most followed wrestler from Russia on his Instagram account, with over 16 million followers. He is also a great football fanatic of the Russian National team, Real Madrid and Liverpool F.C.
However, because of their rivalry between him and McGregor ever since he defeated him, they still hurl insults and provocation to each other whenever they get time or meet. Furthermore, their rivalry has made huge profits for the UFC. UFC fined him $50,000 for attacking Conor’s coach Dillon Danis after the post-fight with Conor for being disrespectful. This controversy made his payment for the fight to be withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as a result, pending an investigation to his actions, but he later apologized to the NSAC. Then NSAC later filed a complaint against Khabib and McGregor, a motion to approve the release of Khabib’s half of the fight payout with immediate effect, and both of them received a nine-month suspension. After the suspension period, he defended his title against Dustin Poirier, which he won without any brawl, and they exchanged shirts as a sign of respect and accepting defeat. Later in the post-fight interview, Khabib said he would be selling Poirier’s shirt to raise funds for Poirier’s charity.
Unfortunately, in May 2020, Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedev, succumbed from COVID-19 following heart surgery. Generally, Khabib’s strict father modeled him in a humble background and hard work to succeed in his career without losing any fight. He is worth placing a bet on him.
Article source: Wikipedia