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Khabib Nurmagomedov
Spelling Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov
Gender Male
Birthplace Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Born 1988 09 20
Nickname The Eagle
Birthplace Silde, Dagestan, Russia
Nationality Russia
Ethnic Dagestani
Job UFC Fighter
  MMA Fighter
Desc Khabib Nurmagomedov was led outside by his father, and towards a chained bear cub. The cub was larger and heavier than the trembling boy dressed in his red, blue, and white tracksuit. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov turned on a handheld camera, looked down at his second-born and ordered him to wrestle the animal


Org Dominance MMA


Father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
Manager Ali Abdelaziz
  Sam Kardan
Coach Javier Mendez
  Sazhid Sazhidov
Cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Friend Zubaira Tukhugov
  Islam Makhachev
  Rizan Magamadov
Rival Conor McGregor

1988 09 20 :. Khabib Nurmagomedov born to Avar parents in the modest village of Silde, in Dagestan. His father is Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

1997 09 23
Khabib Nurmagomedov was led outside by his father, and towards a chained bear cub. The cub was larger and heavier than the trembling boy dressed in his red, blue, and white tracksuit. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov turned on a handheld camera, looked down at his second-born and ordered him to wrestle the animal. Well accustomed to the Dagestani culture and patriarchy even at his young age, the boy knew better than to question his father’s wishes. Khabib tucked his chin and dove for the bear’s front paw

2013 06 05 Tweet

[Khabib Nurmagomedov plead his case to be the first to welcome B J Penn back to the cage] I heard that the legend returns … I will be glad to meet him. He is the best lightweight fighter in the history, I’m his fan since childhood, I deserve this fight

2013 09 23 Tweet

[Nurmagomedov calls his next shot] Listen to me, UFC and Canada. There’s a gentleman (21-0), (5-0) in the UFC – UFC give me a title shot. I’m ready

2014 11 11 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov laughingly suggests he will beat American fighters for the sanctions imposed on Russia] I am now recovering from injury. In two months I will start to train 100%, both wrestling and everything else. Pettis will defend his title on December 6, and maybe after the bout I will be declared the next challenger. If I am not declared, I will not be offended. I will continue to train and beat all Americans. For their sanction

[Although there is a growing Russian contingency of top-tier fighters, Nurmagomedov would rather focus his efforts on fighting Americans rather than his fellow countrymen] To go to America and fight Russian fighters is not so nice. Because there are so many foreign fighters who can and must be beaten. Especially the Americans

2015 11 08 Retrieve

[Khabib says his retirement will depend on his father’s decision] In my life, my father plays a very big role, and I take almost all major decisions only after consulting with the Father. Whether I fight further or not depends only on God and on the opinion of Father. If he tells me - I’m done, I’m done. The blessing of your parents is the most important thing

2015 11 24
A video purportedly released by the Islamic State featured highlights from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fights in several clips. The video, titled ‘The Lone Wolf,’ called for a renewed focus on international terrorism. It also criticized Muslims like Khabib who fought for money and entertainment instead of defending Islam on the battlefield

2016 10 31 Retrieve

UFC thinks Conor has power? Ireland only has like 6 million people. I am from Russia, 150 million people. If UFC don’t give me the title fight after this fight, I’m going to show how I have power in Russia and I know if I don’t fight for the title next fight, UFC will never ever go to Russia

2016 12 12
On a Monday afternoon in Almaty, Kazakhstan, thousands gathered outside the upmarket Royal Tulip hotel in below freezing temperatures. Teenagers and young men dressed in sweatpants, hoodies, and other forms of casual attire – were there for an entirely different purpose: a glimpse of Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC’s first Muslim star. Under the bright lights of the ten full-sized chandeliers illuminating the room, Khabib Nurmagomedov took his seat alongside his cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov, and fellow UFC fighters Zubaira Tukhugov and Islam Makhachev. Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke about his dominant performance against Michael Johnson at UFC 205, his imminent goal to become the first Russian UFC champion, and a potential showdown with UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Despite being a Russian citizen of Dagestani heritage, Kazakhstan’s largest city was overrun with Khabib Nurmagomedov fans - a reminder that his popularity has been without borders. His religion provided common ground with the Kazakhs, 70% of whom practice Islam

2017 02 27 retrieve

[Nurmagomedov wrote in a message to Conor McGregor last year] Don’t chicken out please. I know I’m a bad matchup for you but you the champion and you need to fight the best. It’s OK. Die like an Irish warrior don’t run like a chicken

2017 06 23 Retrieve

[Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has always stressed the importance of education, which he has always prioritized over success in sport] Your brain needs training just as much as your body. If any of you want to do sport, within your abilities, you shouldn’t forget about school, or about following recommendations from your doctors and parents

[Who originally brought up this idea (child clinic charity event) with you?] The idea came from Eagles MMA team PR manager Arslan Dotsiev, who was in contact with the ‘Happy Charity Group’. They originally came to the Eagles MMA team presentation, we’ve known each other since then. We’ll keep working together from now on

[Is it especially important to you to take part in charity events during the Muslim month of Ramadan?] To be honest, I didn’t pick the month, I just had this opportunity because I’m in Moscow now. If I were away now, it would have been hard for me to come here. But I promised to do it half a year ago. So I had to keep my word. But it’s Ramadan and all the good deeds are twice as important [for Muslims]. So it’s twice as pleasant for me to be able to do this during Ramadan

[Do you have any certainty about your UFC comeback?] I’m going through rehabilitation, as I said. I can’t give you a certain date. But it’s going to be this fall. I’ll take this summer to rehabilitate. In the fall, I’ll start my preparation and at the end of the fall I want to have a fight

[Do you know if UFC will give you another chance to fight for the belt?] Yes, I know. We’ll repeat the same fight again [with Ferguson for interim lightweight belt]. I have no interest in any other fight. I have to finish my business with Tony Ferguson

2017 12 17 Retrieve

[There is a lot of concern around Khabib Nurmagomedov’s ability to make that weight before fighting Edson Barboza] Everybody is about weigh-in. I’m excited, too. All the time, everybody is excited about the fights. Now, everybody is excited about the fights and the weigh-in. It will be interesting

[Khabib Nurmagomedov was hospitalized on the day of the weigh-ins with severe abdominal pain, which turned out to be coming from his liver] To be honest, I don’t remember this time. I don’t remember what happened. They brought me to the hospital and I only remember feeling something so bad. I almost died

[Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson] This fight is very important because people are talking about how I cannot make weight. The last time, this was my fault. That’s why people are waiting – to see if I can make weight and stay busy. Now, my weight is good. Three weeks out, I will lose 3 or 4 pounds. Two weeks, another 4 pounds. The last week, I’m going to cut, like, 13 pounds. I have never been this light. The last week will be 13 to 15 pounds

[Tony Ferguson’s eyes are now on Conor McGregor, but Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe the Irish star is rushing back for that fight] Conor made $100 million [to fight Floyd Mayweather in August]? Why would he come back for $10-15 million? I think Conor needs big motivation to fight because he has money. He’s already a two-division champ.

In the lightweight division, the most important fight is me and Tony. I have to fight with Tony. This weight division is a little bit weird right now, but I’m going to change this at the end of the year. In March or April, I’m going to fight Tony for the title

[Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson] I think the UFC does want that fight because we can make a lot of money in pay-per-view. Of course, Russian people cannot pay $100 for a pay-per-view, but maybe the UFC can make it in Russia for $10. It’s a very big sport in Russia. If UFC makes this pay-per-view, 10 million people in Russia will buy it. The UFC has to make business in Russia. Maybe they are waiting for me to take the belt and have me fight Conor McGregor in Moscow.

It’s a very big fight, but I came here to take the belt and make history. You can’t make history only with money. I want to win this fight and stay busy. This is my crazy dream. Others will fight so many times in a year. I can do this, too. I have to stay healthy. This is a perfect moment for me

2017 12 28 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov, MMA’s Bogeyman, Is Coming for Conor McGregor] When I fight in USA, when I sign in 2012 to fight in UFC, he never can come and support me because we have problem with visa … I am fighting eighth time without my father. It’s OK. He prayed for me, with me all the time with my heart. We talk with him everyday about my weight, my plan, my everything. My father is with me all the time, it’s no problem

My best background is like, smash opponents. I all the time go forward. I all the time try to take down somebody. Make him give up. This is my style, you know. This is what I do all my life

Because all my life I train hard. This is why injuries are coming. But now, in the last couple of years, I changed a lot of things. It’s working too. Now I train a little bit smarter. I take care of myself. I’m tired of injuries and surgeries, rehab, then comeback and talk about this.

…I feel great. I want to show I’m very excited about this comeback…I want to compete in one year maybe three or four times. This is my plan for next year. Now I’m healthy, now I feel good…I want to stay busy.

2018 04 05
Conor McGregor’s bus attack at UFC 223 media day

2018 07 28 Retrieve

[Nurmagomedov vs McGregor] I want to make him humble, teach him, and not only smash him, but change his face

2018 10 06
Khabib Nurmagomedov squeezes the head of Conor McGregor forcing McGregor to submit during their fight at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
2018 10 06
Khabib Nurmagomedov fought and defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 229. After the fight, long brewing tensions between the two camps exploded when Nurmagomedov climbed over the Octagon fence to attack McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis. A melee ensued and that landed the Dagestani fighter on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s docket for disciplinary action
2018 12 10
Khabib Nurmagomedov has been ordered to appear before the Nevada commission to explain his actions on. But the 30-year-old has no intention of attending the hearing, an act which could land him a lengthy suspension

2018 11 01 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov has been ordered to appear before the Nevada commission to explain his actions on. But the 30-year-old has no intention of attending the hearing, an act which could land him a lengthy suspension] I’m not going to Vegas for the court. I am not guilty. I just defended my family and my religion. If they want to punish me, they can get all the money I earn. They can give me 10 years ban. I don’t care

2018 12 07 Retrieve

[Speaking onstage during a Q&A in Saudi Arabia, the 30-year-old sparked an uproar after being asked for his advice about what aspiring fighters, especially women, could do to further their careers] For females, I have very good advice, be fighter inside your home. [As laughter and applause erupted from sections of the audience] And one more advice, all the time, finish your husband. Smash him really bad

2019 07 05
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov poses for the media during the UFC seasonal press conference at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov narrate his promo video ahead of UFC 242] When you have a tough life, a hard life. Success becomes very easy because you have motivation, you’re hungry. I don’t fight for the money. I fight for my legacy. I fight for history. I fight for my people

In my house I have a gym, and father trains everyone who wants. Everyone in the village who wants to train. So it’s not like I have been training for five years, or ten years. I have been training ever since I can remember. I train hard. And I think that’s why I’m here

[Talk about his new global recognition] Usually, I don’t feel a lot of crazy support from fans inside the arena. But right now I feel like a lot of people are going to support me. And I’m very excited about this. Because I want to feel to it, how I’m going to feel when everybody supports me.

I think almost 90 per cent inside the arena because there’ll be a lot of my friends from Russia, from Dagestan, fans from here in the Emirates, Arabic countries, Middle East, and I’m very excited about this

It’s crazy. What do I need now? I have the belt, I defended my title. I’m famous, I have money, so a lot of people ask me, why are you here? They don’t understand one thing about me - what’s inside. Fire.

When I train, I don’t train to be famous. I train to compete with the best fighters in the world. And all that famous stuff gets in the way. It makes it a little bit hard to be ready for this fight.

All my life, I have competed against others, and I want to continue doing so. I have a big fire inside me, and I want to continue going up against the best fighters in the world. I am not interested in being the best fighter from my country. There are seven billion people on earth, and I want to be the best

[Nurmagomedov is fighting for something more than fame] When you love your country, when you love your people, they give you respect. They love you back. That’s a whole different feeling

[Khabib’s battleplan against Dustin Poirier] When I go in the cage, I am going to make him tired. He’s going to be under a lot of pressure, and I am going to enjoy that with my friends, with my father, with my coach. I want to show a great performance. My plan, I want to finish him. I want to put on a show

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Nurmagomedov insists the respect he has for Dustin Poirier ends on fight night] Generally, I only have respect for him. That will stop as soon as I enter the octagon. That’s where we’ll have to fight. If you get into the octagon and you see your opponent, then that’s it. You have to compete

2019 09 08 Retrieve

[Following Saturday’s fight with Dustin Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov acknowledged his popularity in the middle east region, and said he’d be open to fighting in Abu Dhabi again] I love these people and they love me. I hoped they liked my performance. Maybe next year. We’ll see

2019 09 10 Retrieve

I know that Dustin is doing charity. I am going to sell this T-shirt and invest the money into the charity fund led by Dustin. Why do we have so much more respect between us than the last fight? You know this b***t guy [McGregor] that I had a lot of crazy stuff but I want to forget everything. We show what this is in MMA that No. 1 is respect. That is what your coach teaches you first that you have to respect the gym, your teammates and to clean the gym. MMA is not about trash talking and this is what we show

2019 09 13 Retrieve

Today, Father and I were received by the President of Russia Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. The meeting was held in my native Dagestan. It is very pleasant when the Head of State appreciates our work with Father and supports us, and after each victory, as usual, he personally congratulates us, it is worth a lot

[Answering to Vladimir Putin who congratulated him] Yes, the opponent [Dustin Poirier] was strong and respectable. This time around I fought against a person who respected me

In the first round I tried to grab his jaw, but he [Dustin Poirier] was getting out of it, and I was near my father [Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov] when I was taking him down. So I’m choking and it’s not working, I tell Dad, ‘It didn’t work’, and he’s a metre away by the cage. I let his punch get through in the second round then I heard my father’s angry voice tell me ‘get back to wrestling’

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Nurmagomedov insisted his feud with Conor McGregor is ‘a thing of the past’] I have nothing to prove. But he has something to prove. We know he does. There’s a lot of businessmen here and I think most of them will tell me to fight him because it’ll bring money. I’d fight all the main contenders first, and I could fight him to benefit my agricultural projects. I have to say that Tony Ferguson deserves it more. You have to give him credit. He is on a 12-fight win streak and he deserves it more than Conor. Conor is a professional fighter. He should come back, win, earn his place and get in line

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Khabib sees immense Arab talent] The sport is very famous in the region. Arabs love competing with each other and if you look at history, Arabs are warriors with very good spirits. They just need a little bit of time. Like Russia and Dagestan, it was different 10 years ago and now the sport has completely changed. I know it is difficult to make new stars, champions and athletes. I think in the next decade, a lot of Arabs are going to be top fighters

I came to Abu Dhabi almost three weeks before the fight as I was worried about the jet lag and needed to get accustomed to the climate. It was an amazing experience for me as many people from my native Dagestan, the (former) USSR countries and my friends came to watch the match live. I want my next fight to be in Russia. I last fought here almost 10 years ago, in 2011, and I really want to go again. This is my goal for the match

[Even though ‘the Eagle’ is flying high in the UFC, he is keeping his feet on the ground and not getting carried away by his success] I am focused on this now and at the moment I see it as ‘I’m almost there’. I think that a few more years of fighting will be my limit. I do not want to fight all my life. A lot of young, hungry guys are coming and I know to be undefeated and undisputed is impossible. One day, you are going to lose and one day you need to stop, you just have to know when.

I am going to compete in the coming years. I am 31-years-old, which is not too old for the sport, but I will reach my limit by the age of 33 or 34. Right now, I have a couple more years to compete with the toughest challengers in the world. Whatever opponent they give me, I am going to fight and improve my legacy and self. I want to face the best fighters in the world

[He previously stated that Tony Ferguson was deserving of a shot at the title, given he is on a 12-fight win-streak dating back to 2012] I have to say that Tony Ferguson deserves it more, you have to give him credit. ‘He is on a 12-fight win streak and he deserves it more than Conor McGregor

2019 10 27 Retrieve

Your guy [Conor McGregor], at the beginning of the year tapped like a chicken [to Nate Diaz]. At the end of the year, he fights for the title - crazy. I want to fight your chicken! This is number one easy fight in the lightweight division

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[McGregor last month outlined his plan for two fights leading up to a rematch with the Russian] As for a rematch, to fight for a belt in the UFC, I remember I had something like nine or 10 fights. If he wins 10 fights in a row, then that’s completely possible

[Nurmagomedov added that he’s in negotiations to fight Tony Ferguson next, but wants it in New York rather than the UFC’s preferred venue of Las Vegas] They offered me to fight in Vegas in March, but I told them that if Vegas officially apologizes for wrongly fining me for that incident on Oct. 6, 2018, then I’ll fight there. If not, then they can assign me to another date. As far as I know, they’re planning in April to hold [a fight card] somewhere in New York, so I’m saying I’m ready for April, or March if Las Vegas apologizes

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Abubakar Nurmagomedov loss of his Octagon debut at UFC Moscow against David Zawada] You never know Brother, everything from God. Keep on. You never know what lies ahead, but men are different in that they are tested with dignity. Everything from the Almighty, in this life there are things more serious Brother. You never know Brother, everything from God

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov has shut down fresh talk of him fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr, insisting his next outing must be against Tony Ferguson] I think it would be better for me to fight Tony Ferguson rather than Floyd at this stage of my career. I’m more focused on MMA. If he moved to MMA we would fight but I don’t think it’s possible. I don’t have plans to have a boxing fight next year

[The UFC are hopeful of having the fight take place in Las Vegas in March] They suggested having it in Vegas in March, but they have to issue me an official apology for fining me for the incident on 6 October, 2018. If they apologise, I’ll fight. If not, we’ll pick another venue. I’ll fight in April in New York. I’ll be ready in April - March if Vegas apologizes or gives me back my money. Those are my conditions. We’re in talks now

My retirement is coming. A couple of fights more. It would be wrong to talk about what I’m going to do after that because I’m currently working on different projects. I’ll work on them later. I won’t get lost for sure

[He also named his preferred successor as the 155lb champion] I don’t want to leave my belt for any Tom, Dick or Harry. I want the succession of generations to happen. I want to leave the belt and Islam Makhachev to take it. It would be great if my retirement coincided with Islam’s title shot

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Khabib brags about smashing Conor McGregor] In the last couple of years, I’ve gone out there and won, and it doesn’t bring me any real joy to be honest, well, with the exception of one fight, let’s say. In that fight, I beat that guy with pleasure, I’ll tell you

I had fights in my career where I understood that I could hurt my opponent more, but I’d talk to him, tell him to give up so that I don’t beat him too hard. For example, if I had a painful hold where I could break something, I wouldn’t tighten it all the way. I’d just fix it so that the opponent would tap out because I have no aim to hurt anyone in this sport. Yes, we compete in a very brutal contact sport, but it’s never my goal to inflict a lot of pain on my opponent. If I understand that I’m winning, I don’t aim to hurt someone bad. Well, except for one fight

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Q: Compared to your last training camps, are you going to approach this fight any differently?] I will train hard. With every fight, I gain more and more experience. I’m getting older, I am 31. I think it’s the peak age of fighters career. And to be honest, I lacked this motivation for my last fights. Al Iaquinta, Conor McGregor, Edson Barboza, Dustin Poirier. They’re not the same as Tony Ferguson. That’s why I feel that fire burning inside me again

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov opens a training facility in his hometown of Dagestan] I was very excited about this. Today, we opened this gym. This is like dreams come true, and here you can train Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, grappling, combat sambo, MMA, everything what you want. Like you guys see, a lot of kids here, and I think it’s going to be full all day

This gym is going to be full, a lot of kids going to be training here. You know, this is why I opened this gym. I want a lot of young generation guys training here and become professional fighters

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov to kick off his training camp for Tony Ferguson at his brand new gym in Dagestan] I’m going to begin my training camp right here. Islam Makhachev has a fight, Zubaira Tukhugov has a fight. A lot of my fighters from our gym have fights. Tonight we’re going to train here.

A couple of guys have fights at the end of January, some have fights at the end of January. Some have February fights. They all need professional training, sparring inside the cage, training, everything. And we’re going to begin this, starting today

[Khabib also revealed bigger plans for the overall complex] Studies are very important for us. Maybe we’re going to build another building and make a small school for kids. We don’t know yet, but we’re thinking about this. Because for us, it’s very important with training, knowledge is power, not muscle. When you have knowledge and muscle, that’s power. But when you have muscle without knowledge, it’s going to be a problem for all the people around you. This is very important

[What is also important to Khabib is the fact that, despite being Dagestan’s most famous MMA export, he would not be putting his name above the door of the new gym. That honor, he said, would go to his father, Abdulmanap] This is the most important thing for me. At the beginning of building the gym, we talked a lot about what name it would have, and I said no way, it’s going to be my father’s name

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov Gives Verdict on Justin Gaethje v Conor McGregor] Justin Gaethje and Conor, it’s a hard question. My opinion, I want Justin Gaethje, but I think (it’s) 50/50. I think you guys think (it’s) 50/50, too. Because it’s going to be stand-up fight, Justin is good, Conor is good on the standup, and I think it’s going to be 50/50

Justin Gaethje is one of the best lightweights in the world, of course. Anyone in the top of the lightweight division is going to be hard. You have to believe this. You have to believe you can become champion one day. If not, why do you train? I respect his mind, I respect how he thinks, and I respect he want to show his skill, and he want to challenge himself. You have to

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Tony Ferguson is capable of upset at UFC 249] I think so because if you watch on his list of how many fighters [Ferguson] beat, he is the real deal. That’s why I like this fight because it’s a real challenge and a real opponent.

A lot of people are talking about how he can beat me. This is how you become the greatest fighter. You have to beat a lot of fighters when people are talking about how you are going to lose. This is what makes you a big fighter. That’s why I love this challenge. I hope we are finally going to fight

[Despite his incredible unbeaten record and the fact that judges have scored just one round against him in his UFC career, Nurmagomedov claims that entering G.O.A.T. territory is something he isn’t concerned with] To talk about, ‘Oh, I’m the greatest of all time.’ I don’t know. We have Jon Jones, Fedor [Emelianenko], we have Demetrious Johnson, we have Henry Cejudo, [Daniel] DC [Cormier], Anderson Silva – a lot of guys. One of the best? Maybe, but I don’t want to talk about I’m the greatest of all-time. I’m one of the best

[Prompted for one word to describe exactly what his fight with Ferguson will look like after being forced to wait five years to see it finally take place, Nurmagomedov predicted how it would end] It’s going to look like I’m focused on the finish. I’m going to finish him in the second or third round

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Khabib Nurmagomedov finally confirms Tony Ferguson fight is off due to coronavirus] Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine

Governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight?

I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all.

The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes