Does Former UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov Speak Arabic?

Published 12/29/2021, 2:15 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA AUGUST 18, 2021: Russian mixed martial artist and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a news conference. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)


Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. The Dagestan native started his professional MMA journey in 2008 and went 16-0 before signing with the UFC. He made his UFC debut in 2012.

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‘The Eagle’ showed his dominance in the UFC as well and became the UFC lightweight champion in 2018. However, he announced his retirement in 2020, after the passing away of his father. He retired from the sport as an undefeated fighter with a 29-0 record.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – APRIL 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia prepares to fight Al Iaquinta in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 223 event inside Barclays Center on April 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nurmagomedov has made a legacy for himself in the sport of MMA. Many fighters look up to him and many legends of the sport consider him the greatest of all time. However, despite being in the limelight for so many years, there are few things people still don’t know about the Russian fighter.

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Is Khabib an Arabic name?

There has always been speculation regarding the name and meaning of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib is a Dagestani name with Arabic roots. Khabib’s name is pronounced as Habib and when looked at in Arabic, it means ‘beloved.’

What is Khabib Nurmagomedov’s real name?

Khabib Nurmagomedov is how the fighter is popularly known across the globe. He is one of the most famous fighters around the world and not just in the MMA community. Since his retirement from the sport, he has ventured into a lot of other fields and has started his own businesses.

However, what many don’t know is that his full name is not Khabib Nurmagomedov, and it’s also pronounced differently. His real name is Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov. In an interview, he also clarified how it is pronounced.

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Does Khabib Nurmagomedov speak Arabic?

Khabib Nurmagomedov knows several languages. He is fluent in Avar, English, Turkish, Russian, and Arabic. During the press conference leading up to his fight against Conor McGregor, while going back-and-forth on the mic with ‘The Notorious’, he made it clear himself.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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