Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov is the most dominant champion in the history of UFC, with a record of 29 wins and no losses. Nurmagomedov has victories over some well-known fighters such as Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Rafael dos Anjos.
As of 2021, he the UFC’s top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter.
After 16 wins outside of the UFC, Khabib made his UFC debut against Kamal Shalorus. He continued on his path of destruction and carried on from his victories outside the octagon. He has beaten the likes of Gleison Tibau, Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson, and Thiago Tavares before his title run.
Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta to win the lightweight title at UFC 223. Since then, he has successfully defended his title against the former lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, and former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier.
Nurmagomedov’s fight with Conor McGregor is the biggest fight in UFC, according to PPV numbers. UFC 229, recorded 2.4 million buys.
Khabib is one of the best grapplers on the planet. The Russian fighter can takedown almost anybody and dominate them for five rounds straight; he thrives on the canvas.
Nurmagomedov puts a high pace on his opponents and is not afraid of standing with some of the best strikers in the division. Moreover, he has the most underrated defensive striking. He has knocked down Conor McGregor and bloodied Al Iaquinta’s face with his striking.
Besides winning the UFC lightweight championship, Khabib has won several titles outside MMA. These include combat sambo where he is a two-time World Champion. Furthermore, he has won two titles in Russian Combat Sambo.
He holds the record for the most takedowns (21) in a single fight. Apart from that, he has won the Performance of the Night bonus three times in 13 UFC fights. He is also an undefeated champion and holds a proud record of 29-0-0 in his career.
Nurmagomedov had retired after his last fight at UFC 254. His last fight saw him register his third title defense when he beat Justin Gaethje via triangle choke.
After defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Khabib jumped over the cage and attacked Conor’s Jiu-Jitsu coach, Dillon Danis. It was later revealed that Danis was being disrespectful to Khabib. Meanwhile, Khabib’s teammates attacked Conor inside the cage post-fight.
Khabib’s victory over Conor McGregor elevated his status to a Mega Star. He made over $1,540,000 against Conor. However, he was fined $0.5 million for the post-fight brawl.
Nurmagomedov was awarded a whopping $6,090,000 for his second title defense against Dustin Poirier. As per The Sports Daily, ‘The Eagle’ has made $ 14,770,000 in his 13 UFC fights.
‘The Eagle’ has an estimated net worth of $40 million according to Celebrity Net Worth
In June 2020, Forbes Russia announced that Nurmagomedov is the #1 most successful Russian athlete.
In 2019, Khabib announced that he was the brand ambassador of a payment service called SalamPay. Apart from that, he is sponsored by big companies like Gorilla Energy, Reebok, and Toyota.
The champion also makes quite a lot of money for special appearances. According to his manager, the Russian charges $300k per day for speaking engagements.
After his dominant victory over Conor McGregor, Khabib traveled to Uganda to fix 13 wells so that people can have clean and safe drinking water. Apart from that, he helped to raise over $100,000 for Dustin Poirier’s Charity – The Good Fight Foundation.
|Gym||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Weight/ Division||155/ lightweight|
|Active Win Streak||29 wins (13 in the UFC)|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
|Endorsements||Gorilla Energy, Reebok, Toyota, SalamPay|
|Marital Status||Married (2013)|
|Spouse Name||Patimat Nurmagomedov|