Learn Russian | Meet Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov

Many Russians have achieved tremendous success in various fields (in science, in economics, in sports). Today I want to write about the “hero” of modern Russia. 

A Russian mixed martial artist Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov best known for his record of longest unbeaten record of 27 wins in mixed martial arts (MMA). He was born on 20 September 1988 at the Kirovaul village in Kizilyurtovsky District. Khabib began undergoing combat training from a young age. In 2001, the family shifted to Makhachkala. Here, he began undertaking training in wrestling and when he turned 15 he also began classes in judo. Though he initially felt that the shift from wrestling to judo was challenging, his father felt it was essential that he learn to compete in a gi jacket. When Khabib was 17, his father began training him in combat sambo. Sometime later, his family shifted to Kiev in Ukraine where he continued his training.

Khabib Nurmagomedov made his debut in MMA in September 2008. His impressive record of 16 wins and no losses in the matches eventually caught the attention of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In 2011, he signed a six fight agreement with The UFC. He entered in the lightweight division. 

His debut match was against Kamal Shalorus in early 2012. He won the match in the third round. During his match against Abel Trujillo in 2013, he set a new record of 21 successful takedowns from 27 attempts. In 2016, Khalib made a comeback after a break he had to take due to injuries and ill health.In November that year he fought against Michael Johnson and won in the third round with a submission from the opponent.

Nurmagomedov defended his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 by defeating McGregor in the fourth round via submission on October 6, 2018. Khabib Nurmagomedov has so many awards, he won the gold medal at the World Combat Sambo Championships in 2009. The same year he won the selections at the M-1 Challenge. He also got the gold medal at the Russian Combat Sambo Championships organized by Combat Sambo Federation of Russia the same year in 2010, he won two awards for Sambo; Gold medal in the World Combat Sambo Championships (82 kg) and silver medal in World Cup in Combat Sambo (82 kg). He earned two titles in 2012 for Grappling in 2012. In 2016 he won the title International Fighter of the Year at the World MMA Awards. Khabib Nurmagomedov has the record of most takedowns in a single Ultimate Fighting Championship. His record is 21 takedowns in 27 attempts.

Currently, he fights in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fight Championship. Trained in martial arts from a young age, he developed an interest in the same seeing his father training his students. He is ranked as an International Master of Sports in Army Hand-to-Hand Combat, an International Master of Sports in Pankration, and a World Champion in combat sambo. Khabib Nurmagomedov has won several titles in numerous fields like mixed martial arts, sambo, grappling and pankration. As of January 2019, he was placed on 3d place in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

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