Nurmagomedov will enter the UFC Corridor of Fame as a member of the Fashionable Wing, becoming a member of Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018), Michael Bisping (2019), Rashad Evans (2019) and Georges St-Pierre (2020) on this distinguished class. The “Fashionable Period” class contains athletes who turned professional on or after November 17, 2000 (when the primary UFC occasion beneath the unified guidelines of MMA was held), are a minimal age of 35 or who’ve been retired for one yr or extra.
A veteran of 29 fights throughout his 12-year profession, Nurmagomedov compiled an ideal document of 29-0 (13-0, UFC), securing notable victories over former UFC light-weight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, former UFC featherweight and light-weight champion Conor McGregor, former interim UFC light-weight champion Dustin Poirier and former interim UFC light-weight champion Justin Gaethje.
Nurmagomedov made his UFC debut at UFC® on FX: GUILLARD vs. MILLER on January 20, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee, submitting Kamal Shalorus through rear-naked choke. Khabib would defeat his subsequent eight opponents, profitable all 24 rounds in his first 9 bouts earlier than incomes his shot on the vacant UFC light-weight title in opposition to Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.
UFC® 223: KHABIB vs. IAQUINTA occurred on April 7, 2018, at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov was initially scheduled to face former interim UFC light-weight champion Tony Ferguson, however Ferguson was pulled as a consequence of a knee harm on April 1. Ferguson was changed by former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, however Holloway was pulled on April 6 as a consequence of medical causes. Iaquinta was put in as Holloway’s alternative lower than 24 hours from the occasion, with Khabib profitable all 5 rounds to grow to be UFC light-weight champion.
Khabib would return to the Octagon® 5 months later to face former UFC featherweight and light-weight champion Conor McGregor in the primary occasion of UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. MCGREGOR. A sellout crowd of 20,034 watched Nurmagomedov defeat McGregor through fourth spherical submission. The extremely anticipated matchup between Khabib and Conor would set the Nevada state data highest attendance and dwell gate ($17.2 million) of an MMA occasion in historical past.
After a yr off following UFC 229, Nurmagomedov returned to the Octagon on September 7, 2019, to face interim UFC light-weight champion Dustin Poirier in the primary occasion unification bout of UFC® 242: KHABIB vs. POIRIER. Going down at The Enviornment, Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this occasion marked UFC’s third journey to Abu Dhabi and first since 2014. Khabib would safe his second profitable title protection by defeating Poirier through third-round submission.
Nurmagomedov would return to Abu Dhabi on October 24, 2020, to face interim UFC light-weight champion Justin Gaethje in the primary occasion unification battle of UFC® 254: KHABIB vs. GAETHJE. This occasion would mark Khabib’s first coaching camp for the reason that dying of his father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, earlier that yr. He would management the primary spherical and defeat Justin through submission within the second spherical, re-unifying the light-weight title. He retired contained in the Octagon throughout his post-fight interview.
Throughout his Corridor of Fame profession, Khabib cut up his coaching between his dwelling gymnasium in Dagestan and the Javier Mendez-led American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, Calif. He’s considered one of a number of former UFC champions to coach at AKA beneath Mendez.
Nurmagomedov enters the UFC Corridor of Fame with a powerful resume that features:
- 4 title battle wins – Tied for many in UFC light-weight division historical past
- 12 light-weight division wins – Tied for longest profitable streak in UFC light-weight division historical past
- 13 consecutive wins – Tied for 3rd longest profitable streak in UFC historical past (2012-20)
- 21 takedowns – Most takedowns in a single UFC bout (vs. Abel Trujillo – UFC 160)
- 59 takedowns – Second-most in UFC light-weight division historical past
- 54.6% – Third highest management time share in light-weight UFC historical past
- 1:29:08 – Third-most management time in light-weight UFC historical past
- 1:04:28 – Third-most high place time in light-weight UFC historical past
- 88 vital floor strikes – Fourth-most landed in a single UFC bout (vs. Michael Johnson – UFC 205)
Outdoors the Octagon, Khabib was honored with quite a few awards throughout his profession, resembling being acknowledged by ESPN with the ESPY Award for Finest MMA Fighter (2021), UFC Honors Submission of the Yr (2020), BBC Sports activities World Sport Star of the Yr (2020), and World MMA Awards Worldwide Fighter of the Yr (2016). He was additionally named Finest Sportsman in Russia by the Russian Public Opinion Analysis Heart in 2020.
In 2019, he and father, Abdulmanap, had been acknowledged with the “For Benefit to the Republic of Dagestan”. Offered by Vladimir Vasilyev, then-Head of the Republic of Dagestan, this award serves as the very best meritorious order awarded by the Dagestani authorities for exemplary service and vital contributions to sports activities in Dagestan.
In 2019, Nurmagomedov added writer to his listing of accomplishments when his autobiography entitled, “KhabibTime” was revealed LitRes. Written with Zaur Kurbanov, “KhabibTime” paperwork Khabib’s childhood in Dagestan and his rise to grow to be a UFC champion.
Since retiring from MMA competitors, Khabib has served as a coach for a number of UFC athletes, together with Islam Makhachev, Umar Nurmagomedov, Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov. Nurmagomedov has additionally grow to be an MMA promoter since retiring, serving as proprietor of Eagle Preventing Championship.
A local of Sildi, Dagestan, Russia, Nurmagomedov started wrestling as a toddler beneath the steerage of his father, Abdulmanap. Khabib educated in wrestling, judo and sambo, changing into a two-time (2009-10) Fight Sambo World Champion and European Pankration Champion earlier than competing in blended martial arts.
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