Khabib Nurmagomedov is a Russian professional martial artist. He has clinched the Combat Sambo World Champion title twice. He is the current UFC Lightweight Champion.
With 28 wins and no defeats, he holds the longest and still active undefeated streak in MMA. Active participation in Mixed Martial Arts is responsible for Khabib Nurmagomedov net worth which is an estimated $2 million.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Early Life
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov, known professionally as Khabib Nurmangomedov was born on September 20, 1988. Khabib’s birthplace was in the village of Sildi, Tsumadinsky District, modern Dagestan, Russia. He has two siblings, a younger sister Amina, and an older brother, Magomed.
At the age of six, Khabib Nurmagomedov started wrestling under the guidance of his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who is an Army veteran and a decorated athlete.
Khabib’s interest in wrestling began on the ground floor of their two-story building which his father turned into a gym. His father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is presently a senior coach of the Republic of Dagestan’s combat sambo national team where he trains several athletes in wrestling and sambo in Makhachkala, Russia.
Khabib Nurmagomedov started practicing wrestling at the age of 12. At age 15 he started training in Judo and combat sambo at age 17. Initially, it was difficult for the young fighter to transit from wrestling to Judo. He often got into street fights while growing up.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Career
Khabib Nurmagomedov started practicing martial arts at the young age of 12. He has gone from a mixed martial arts fighter to a top UFC fighter.
Mixed Martial Arts
Khabib made his debut in professional mixed martial arts in 2008. He quickly attained four wins in less than a month. One month after his debut, he became the winner of the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament in October 2018, in Moscow after he defeated three opponents.
He continued his winning streak for the next three years and defeated 11 of his 12 opponents in that period of time.
Khabib Nurmagomedov then competed in ProFC promotion in 2011, winning all seven fights either by submission or TKO with a perfect record of 16-0 in the regional circuits of Ukraine and Russia. His astounding performance led him to be called up from the UFC.
Ultimate Fight Championship
When Khabib Nurmagomedov arrived in the UFC from MMA he signed a six-fight deal in the competition’s lightweight division in 2011 and made his UFC debut in 2012.
On his debut, Khabib Nurmagomedov showed what he was made of by defeating his opponent via submission in the third round. In July of the same year, he defeated Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision, and Thiago Tavares in 2013.
In May of that same year, he came out victorious in a fierce fight against Abel Trujillo. Khabib Nurmagomedov had 21 successful takedowns out of a possible 27 attempts in one fight, a new record for the most number of takedowns in a single UFC fight.
In December 2013 he challenged Gilbert Melendez on social media. The pair were supposed to battle at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014, but their bout was canceled for reasons that have been undisclosed.
Gilbert Melendez was then replaced by another fighter Nate Diaz, but Nate turned the bout down, and Khabib Nurmagomedov was left disappointed.
Following an injury to the knee, Khabib Nurmagomedov pulled out the bout with Donald Cerrone twice. Another injury also Les him to pull out of his fight with Tony Ferguson in December 2015 and the match was then scheduled to take place in April 2016. This time around, Tony Ferguson pulled out due to a lung issue.
Khabib Nurmagomedov called Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez a “bullshit champ” on social media when Eddie Alvarez canceled a fight with him. Eddie Alvarez rather chose to battle against Conor McGregor.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bout with Tony Ferguson was canceled yet again for the fourth time when the latter injured his knee, and he was replaced by Max Holloway but his replacement was pulled from the bout by New York State Athletic Commission who declared him unfit.
Max Holloway was then replaced by Al LaQuinta to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib beat LaQuinta in their match, dominating from the beginning to the end of the match, and became the UFC Lightweight Champion.
He has been the UFC Lightweight champion since his victory against Al LaQuinta. He is also the first Russian and Muslim UFC Lightweight Champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Personal Life
Khabib Nurmagomedov is a Sunni Muslim by religion. He got married in 2013 and has been blessed with a son, Mohammed, and a daughter.
As a big-time football fan, Khabib Nurmagomedov actively supports the Anzhi Makhachkala Football club of Russia and the Real Madrid football club of Spain. He is also a dedicated supporter of the Russian national team.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Net Worth
Lately, Khabib Nurmagomedov net worth and salary have been a subject of discussion due to his rapid rise to fame that is being propelled by his series of remarkable record performances.
Being a very private Muslim, a lot of things about this man has been kept away from the public, including his wife, daughter, and also his salary and official earnings.
However, various reliable sources have estimated Khabib Nurmagomedov net worth to be $2 million. Of course, this figure is less than the net worth of fighters like Conor Mcgregor, but considering his 28 consecutive wins in MMA so far, and his rise in fame, we can only predict that his fortune will most likely experience massive increment in the coming years.